India expresses its sorrow for the devastating earthquake and promises to support it during the UNSC briefing on Afghanistan

India has dispatched several shipments of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which includes 30,000 MTs of wheat, 13 tons of vitamins, and 500,000 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine and winter clothing . India has also provided almost 60 million doses of polio vaccine and two tons of essential medicines .

New York, United States, June 24: India offered its deepest condolences to the victims and their families who were affected by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan and promised to continue to assist and support in this season of need, according to Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, who spoke to the Council on June 24.India shares the grief of Afghanistan's citizens and is willing to assist in this period of need, Tirumurti said.We are deeply concerned about the recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly the destabilizing humanitarian situation, he said.The Ambassador reiterated that India supported the Security Council Resolution 2615, which provided humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, while at the same time ensuring that the Security Council continues to exercise its authority to guard against potential redirection of funds and abuse of sanctions exemptions.

India reiterated that humanitarian assistance should be based on the principles of neutrality, impartiality, and autonomy.Humanitarian assistance should be non-discriminatory and open to all, irrespective of race, creed, or political convictions.During the briefing, the Ambassador observed that the aid should first be directed at the most vulnerable, which includes women, children, and minorities.India has dispatched several shipments of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which includes 30,000 MTs of wheat, 13 tons of vitamins, and 500,000 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine and winter clothing.

The shipment of this wheat to Afghanistan has already begun.Moreover, an Indian team traveled to Kabul recently (on June 2-3) to speak with the representatives of the International Organisations supplying the humanitarian aid and to further assess their needs.In addition, they met with the representatives of the various international organizations involved in the distribution of the humanitarian assistance, such as Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Habibia High School, Chimtala sub-power station, and the UNWFP wheat distribution center.More medical assistance and food grains are also being sent to Afghanistan.To provide vaccinations to Afghan refugees in Iran, we also gave Iran one million doses of Made-in-India COVAXIN COVID-19 vaccines.

India's approach to Afghanistan will, as always, be based on the country's historic ties and its close working relationship with the Afghan people, he said.The goals of the international community on the future in Afghanistan have been clearly set forth in Council Resolution 2593 and later, including in UNSCR 2626.They include: ensuring that the territory of Afghanistan is not used to launch terrorist attacks against other countries; combating terrorism and drug trafficking; and safeguarding the rights of women, children Tirumurti continued to keep an eye on the security situation in Afghanistan and is actively working with the international community to achieve consensus on topics of security, peace, and stability.The terrorist attack on Gurudwara Dashmesh Pita Sahibji in Kabul on June 18 has also been condemned with vehement condemnation.According to the Ambassador, terrorist attacks on religious places of worship of minorities and attacks on innocent civilian populations are continuing to be a significant issue.According to the most recent findings from the 1988 Sanctions Committees Analysisal Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team Report, the current administration must take much more proactive measures to fulfill their anti-terrorist promises.

According to the CIA, ISIL-K, whose base is reportedly in Afghanistan, continues to carry out threats of terrorist attacks on other countries.The Ambassador said that the Taliban has yet to separate itself from other terrorist organizations besides the Al-Qaeda, which are also active, as well as, provocative remarks made by other terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan.Because of these facts, there are serious issues that require immediate attention and coordinated response from us to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for other terrorist groups, such as ISIS-K, Al-Qaeda, JeM, and LeT.When stressing the necessity to combat terrorist activities, Tirumurti said that concrete steps must be taken to ensure that such banned terrorist groups, organizations, or their aliases are not given any funding, tacit or direct, either from Afghan soil or from the region's terror sanctuaries.

For domestic and international work, the Ambassador stated that a broad-based, inclusive, and representative formation is critical.Tirumurti continued, We are deeply concerned about the state-of-afghan women and girls in Afghanistan.In Afghanistan, a push to exclude women from public life has arisen.We agree with others to guarantee the safety of the interests of women and girls and to ensure that the long-fought gains of the last two decades are not reversal.

Our efforts in Afghanistan will continue to be focused on the interests of the Afghan people, he said.