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India sends wheat consignment to Afghanistan via Iranian port

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In a major diplomatic initiative, India on Sunday flagged off its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan to be transhipped through Iran’s Chabahar port.
“Today, as we jointly flag off the first shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port, we are taking an important step in realising that shared aspiration to carve out the new routes of peace and prosperity,” External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj said over a joint video conference with her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.
“The wheat that is leaving the Indian shores today, is a gift from the people of India to our Afghan brethren.
“It is the testament to the continued commitment of the government and the people of India to support our Afghan brethren in building a normal, peaceful, prosperous, secure and bright future for themselves. This is a manifestation of our New Development Partnership that we committed to when Foreign Minister Rabbani was in India last month,” she said.
The shipment to Afghanistan comes in the wake of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s one-day visit to India on October 24 just before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reached here in his first visit in his official capacity.
“The shipment is part of a commitment made by the Government of India to supply 1.1 million tonnes of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on the grant basis,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said.

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