Ground Report | New Delhi: India offers help to Afghanistan; In a high-level meeting of the United Nations on the issue of providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that as before, India is still in favor of supporting the Afghan people.
India offers help to Afghanistan
According to the report of The Hindu newspaper, India has supported the important role of the United Nations in the Afghanistan crisis. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar appealed to the international community to unite on this issue and said that “today I want to underline that India stands ready to support the Afghan people, given the serious situation that is arising there.”
Referring to the importance of Security Council Resolution No. 2593 in the meeting chaired by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, EAM reiterated that “India has always supported the leading role of the United Nations in the future of Afghanistan. A global multilateral forum”. will be more effective than small groups working together to build consensus and encourage common action initiatives.”
On this speech of the Foreign Minister, India has not promised any financial help for Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. This is the first time in twenty years that India has not done so, while S Jaishankar in his address talked about everything from protein biscuits to infrastructure development projects for Afghanistan.
Humanitarian aid to all sections
“Once relief materials reach that country, the world will naturally expect a non-discriminatory distribution of humanitarian aid to all sections of Afghan society. Only the United Nations has the capacity to monitor such efforts and reassure donors,” Jaishankar said, highlighting “legitimate concerns” over the emerging political framework.
Mr. Jaishankar reminded the United Nations that New Delhi has invested $3 billion in projects in Afghanistan over the past two decades. “We have taken up 500 projects in important sectors of power, water supply, road connectivity, health, education, agriculture and capacity building,” Mr. Jaishankar said. Dr. Jaishankar did not name the Taliban during the speech, indicating a cautious stance.