According to the Iranian foreign ministry, the offer was made by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian during a phone discussion with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday.
Iran has offered to help India send wheat, medicine, and coronavirus vaccines to Afghanistan, which is suffering from a severe humanitarian crisis.
According to the Iranian foreign ministry, Amir-Abdollahian also advocated for the formation of an inclusive administration in Kabul during the talks.
“With regard to Afghanistan, Amir Abdollahian emphasized the importance of forming an inclusive government in the nation.” He also mentioned India’s humanitarian contribution to Afghanistan, declaring measures and collaboration by the Islamic Republic of Iran to transport this aid to the country in the form of wheat, medication, and the Covid-19 vaccine.” it said in a statement.
Three distinct consignments of life-saving medicines and COVID-19 vaccinations have already been despatched to Afghanistan by India. While the initial shipment was carried on a special charter flight that brought 104 passengers from Kabul to New Delhi, the subsequent relief was sent to Kabul on a flight operated by Iran’s Mahan Air.
However, India has yet to deliver the 50,000 tons of wheat it promised to give to Afghanistan because the logistics for conveying the aid thru Pakistan have yet to be worked out with Islamabad.
India has the option of sending help to Afghanistan via the Iranian port of Chabahar.
The Chabahar port, located on Iran’s southern coast in the Sistan-Balochistan province, is being constructed by India and Iran to strengthen commercial connections.
Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August, major donors froze non-humanitarian financing, resulting in a severe economic crisis that exacerbated the humanitarian disaster.
“A broad discussion with my Iranian colleague, FM @Amirabdolahian.” “Discussed Covid issues, Afghanistan obstacles, Chabahar chances, and the complexities of the Iranian nuclear situation,” Jaishankar tweeted on Saturday. According to the Iranian foreign ministry, Jaishankar also mentioned his country’s assistance to Afghanistan and stated that India’s position toward that country remained unchanged.
India has been in contact with Iran about the happenings in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over on August 15.
Two months ago, the Iranian National Security Advisor attended a regional summit on the Afghan problem held by India. NSAs from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan also attended the conclave.
According to the Iranian foreign ministry, Amir-Abdollahian discussed critical bilateral, regional, and worldwide problems with Jaishankar.
“In response to the Indian foreign minister’s inquiry regarding the latest situation in Iran’s fight against the coronavirus, Amir-Abdollahian referred to the Islamic Republic’s good trend of nationwide vaccination, ” it stated.”
It was observed that the Iranian foreign minister “positively reviewed” the country’s war against COVID-19, saying, “We have been able to properly contain the virus, and so far 89% of individuals have been vaccinated and are receiving a third dosage of vaccination.” Regarding the Vienna talks on removing sanctions against Iran, the Iranian foreign minister stated that the talks are progressing in the “correct way.”
If the Western side also has this goodwill and resolve, we can reach a good agreement, ” Amir-Abdollahian was cited as saying by the Iranian foreign ministry.
In 2015, Tehran and major foreign powers, including the EU, reached an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Its goal was to put a stop to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In May 2018, the United States withdrew from the agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran. There have been new efforts to re-establish the agreement.
According to the Iranian foreign ministry, Jaishankar also mentioned India’s fight against the pandemic, noting that while the number of cases was increasing, vaccination was going at a fair pace.
“He shared his happiness with Iran’s senior diplomat’s upcoming visit to India and described it as a very good opportunity to deepen bilateral relations,” the statement continued.