INDIA’S External Affairs Ministry has said that the Government is committed to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghan people comprising foodgrains, Covid-19 vaccines and essential life saving drugs.¬†While briefing reporters in New Delhi on Friday, External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that 3.6 tonnes of medical assistance and 5 lakh doses of Covid vaccines have been provided during the last few weeks. He said, the process to procure the wheat and to arrange its transportation is underway.

On the Ukraine situation, Mr. Bagchi said, India is closely following the developments in Ukraine including the ongoing high-level discussion between Russia and US. He said, India calls for a peaceful resolution of the situation through sustained diplomatic efforts for long term stability and peace in the region.

Talking about pilgrimage between India and Pakistan, Mr. Bagchi said, visits to religious shrines are being facilitated regularly under 1974 protocol between India and Pakistan. He said, there is interest on both sides to expand the agreed list of shrines and modes of travel. He added that India has a positive approach on this matter and is willing to engage Pakistan side as COVID situation normalises. He expressed hope to facilitate early exchange of visits of all shrines of interest.