The Ministry of Agriculture has reported the arrival of split pea consignment as part of India’s assistance to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday, India has continued to donate 1, 998 tons of split pea to Afghanistan this time, and the consignment arrived today at Kabul through Chabahar Port and was subsequently delivered to the Ministry of Agriculture.
Previously, 110,000 tons of Indian wheat had already reached Kabul and a number of other provinces through Chabahar port.
Administrative and finance Deputy minister of MAIL, Tahir Ayub also said that “The use of the Chabahar port indicates that Afghanistan is now not relying on a single port. Chabahar is worth a lot for us. We are planning to store this split pea in Kabul, Nimruz, Herat, Kandahar, Ghazni and Zabul, so that it can help people when needed.”
Indian Deputy Ambassador in Kabul, Abhishek Singh, said that “our friendship in the region is unique. We need to expand this friendship across the region. In addition to political security, food security is also valuable and important, therefore we aided Afghanistan with these consignments.”
He also stressed on the continued assistance of India to the Afghan people.
The Chabahar port is located in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the Persian Gulf nations’ southern coast, and it lies outside the Persian Gulf and can be easily accessed from India’s western coast, bypassing Pakistan. The port is of immense importance to India and Afghanistan in terms of carrying out robust trade activities.
The port was anticipated to increase the trade among India, Afghanistan and Iran in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi for trade with the two countries a few years ago.
However, the port also comes under the US Sanctions which were renewed afresh by the Trump administration in the US. In the two-plus-two talks between India and US that were held in September, New Delhi stood firm on its stance for the port and informed the US delegation about the importance of it.
According to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri, a series of discussions have been held over the past few months with Iranian and Indian officials regarding the possibility of a waiver on a section of Chabahar Port. Equally concerning are the impacts of the second phase of US Sanctions on Iran’s crude oil and ports.
Last month, India and Afghanistan also agreed to enhance cooperation under the New Development Partnership because of which New Delhi had announced carrying out 116 “high impact community developmental projects” in Afghanistan. India has also repeatedly backed Afghanistan in its support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.