India said on Thursday that it is still in talks with Pakistan to figure out procedures for sending life-saving medications and 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, but that there should be no conditions linked to relief supplies.
At the same time, India continues to participate in Afghanistan conversations with other countries in various formats, according to Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the external affairs ministry.
Pakistan has attached a condition to its agreement to enable India to deliver wheat and medicine to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid; the relief items must be transported by Pakistani vehicles alone. In light of the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the two sides have been in talks since last week to find a way out of the standoff.
On October 7, India proposed transporting wheat and medications to Afghans across Pakistani soil, but the Pakistani authorities did not respond until November 24, according to Bagchi.
“Since then, we’ve been in talks with Pakistan on the logistics of this supply. These debates are still going on. Let me repeat our position that humanitarian help should be provided without conditions”
Bagchi said the methods being worked out by the two sides will cover a variety of subjects without going into specifics.
The Indian side prefers to use its own trucks because it wants to ensure that humanitarian supplies reach Afghans without being diverted. According to those acquainted with the situation, the Indian side also expects the help to be distributed solely through the UN.
He said the aspirations of India and the international community regarding Afghanistan are spelt out in UN Security Council Resolution 2593. This August’s resolution declares that efforts should be made to build an inclusive government in Kabul and that Afghan soil should not be used to plot or carry out terrorist actions against any country.