Pakistan to ‘favourably consider’ transit of Indian wheat to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan will ‘favourably consider’ the request by Afghanistan for the transportation of wheat offered by India via Pakistan on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the premier expressed these sentiments during a meeting with the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi.

He stressed the vital importance of a peaceful, stable, sovereign, prosperous and connected Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region.

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The official statement also said that PM Imran reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to Afghanistan and the Afghan people in overcoming the "dire challenges being faced by their country".

Mr. Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, called on Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI, today. He was accompanied by Acting Ministers for Finance as well as Industry & Commerce and other senior members of the Afghan delegation
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) November 12, 2021

He underlined that continued security and resolute counter-terrorism actions, respect for the rights of all Afghans, and inclusivity in governance and politics would further contribute to Afghanistan’s stability.

The prime minister hoped that the interim Afghan government will continue to constructively engage the international community and will keep on taking positive measures to address the prevailing challenges. He said that Pakistan has been consistently calling for the provision of immediate humanitarian relief for Afghanistan.

The premier also underscored the urgent need to release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and facilitation of banking transactions to prevent an economic meltdown.

Premier Imran reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to stand by the Afghan people by extending all possible support including humanitarian assistance-in-kind to withstand the coming winter season.

He, in addition to the assistance already extended, said that Pakistan would provide essential food items including wheat and rice, emergency medical supplies, and shelter items for Afghanistan.

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He conveyed that in the current context Pakistan would favourably consider the request by Afghan brothers for transportation of wheat offered by India through Pakistan on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes and as per modalities to be worked out.

PM Imran also emphasised the importance for the two countries to work together for the facilitation of movement of people, trade, transit and regional connectivity for the promotion of progress and prosperity in the region, the statement further added.

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