A plane carrying Iran’s humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan landed at Kabul airport on Tuesday and handed over the cargo to the officials of the Taliban caretaker government.
The aid, which is the fifth shipment from the Islamic Republic of Iran, was delivered to the officials of the interim Taliban government in the presence of the charge d’affaires of the Iranian embassy at Kabul airport.
The shipment contained food and medical commodities, which was donated by the Iranian Red Crescent to the Afghan Red Crescent officials to be distributed among people in need in the neighboring country,the Iranian Embassy in Kabul said.
In a relevant development in late September, Iran dispatched a plane carrying 21 tons of humanitarian food aid to Afghanistan.
According to a recent survey by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), only five percent of Afghans currently have access to three adequate quality meals a day.
“In the last two weeks, about 50 percent of the Afghan people have been without at least one meal,” said Arif Husain, the chief economist and director of the Food Security Analysis and Trends Service at the WFP.
The UN agency has already asked for $200 million in emergency aid to deliver food to Afghanistan’s vulnerable people before the winter season, Husain said.
He, meantime, warned that the war-ravaged country would run out of food in less than a month if emergency aid did not arrive there.
Afghanistan relies on Iran for transit routes and imports, including fuel. According to customs officials, all Iranian borders with Afghanistan have reopened and goods are transiting safely.
In a relevant development last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Iran would continue to support the Afghan people.