Iran Sends 2nd Consignment of Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran dispatched a plane carrying 21 tons of humanitarian food aid to Afghanistan which is the second flight from the Islamic Republic to the Afghan capital of Kabul since the Taliban takeover of that country.
The plane delivered Iran’s second shipment of humanitarian aid, including rice and cooking oil, to the people of Afghanistan in Kabul International Airport on Saturday.
Last week, an Iranian plane landed in the airport and delivered the first shipment of Iran’s humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, including food and medicine.
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.