UAE sends 30 tons of food supplies to Afghanistan

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The UAE on Monday sent a plane carrying 30 metric tonnes of food and relief supplies to Afghanistan to meet the immediate basic food needs of Afghan families, particularly women and children…reports Asian Lite News

The aid comes in response to the exceptional circumstances the world is currently experiencing, which has exacerbated the living conditions in many countries that are already suffering from a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

Issa Salem Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, said: “The UAE continues to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to support the Afghan people, in translation of the wise leadership’s keenness to strengthening and unifying international efforts aimed at achieving peace, stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its people, and addressing the humanitarian challenges in the Asian nation.”

He added: “The UAE is one of the largest donor countries to Afghanistan to help it overcome the crises and disasters the country has suffered, including natural disasters and wars. During the period from September to December of 2021, the UAE established a relief airlift of 21 aircraft that carried about 500 tonnes of food and medical supplies to meet the essential needs of more than half a million people, most of whom are women and children.”

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said the aid will be distributed to vulnerable people through government institutions, TOLOnews reported.

Mujahid also called on donors to not make the process of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan conditional.

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“We call for unconditional aid, without any political motive. This is a humanitarian issue. The Afghans should be provided with aid. The UAE provided aid without any motive,” he said, according to TOLOnews.

Meanwhile, the Turkish ambassador in Kabul, Cihad Erginay, said that the fourth package of aid from Turkey had arrived at Torghondi port in Herat province.

“We distribute … aid in coordination with the Red Crescent Society and other organizations in the provinces. The aid includes wheat, medical supplies, sugar and some other materials,” Erginay said.