By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: An Indian ship, carrying wheat and anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for Afghanistan, departed Kandla port in Gujarat state for Iran’s Chabahar port on Sunday. “251 containers carrying the first consignment of 5,022 MT of wheat out of a total gift of 75,000 MT from India to Afghanistan set sail from the Kandla Port to the Chabahar Port today [on Sunday]. The remaining consignments will follow in the weeks ahead. India is gifting 5,00,000 tablets of Hydroxy Chloroquine to Afghanistan for health professionals and COVID-19 positive cases,” Indian Embassy in Kabul said in a post on social media.The initiative comes a month after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a videoconference with South Asian leaders, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, leading to the integration of Afghanistan in India’s regional strategy for the containment of the disease through the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The use of the Chabahar port is being viewed as symbolically important as it is the first time India is using it for a humanitarian mission since Iran criticized India for the violence in Delhi in February that led to the killing and displacement of its Muslim citizens.
The violence broke out during the visit of US President Donald Trump to India when the US sanctions on Iran were highlighted.