UNAMA chief meets with Indian external affairs minister

NEW DELHI — Roza Otunbayeva, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met with Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in New Delhi, according to a UNAMA statement.

The discussions focused on the importance of regional and international cooperation to tackle the ongoing challenges in Afghanistan. Otunbayeva expressed gratitude to India for its “critical humanitarian support and longstanding friendship with the Afghan people,” a message posted on X (formerly Twitter) read.

Jaishankar, on his X account, noted that their conversation also covered the current situation in Afghanistan. He highlighted India’s contributions, including wheat, medicines, pesticides, and school supplies, while acknowledging the role of UN agencies as partners in these efforts.

A December 2023 UN report stated that over the past two and a half years, India has donated 50,000 metric tons of wheat to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan. This contribution has helped WFP support over one million people this year and 4.7 million people in 2022.