India sends team to aid in deadly Afghanistan earthquake

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NEW DELHI – India said it had sent a technical team to Kabul to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian assistance after a massive earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people.

India’s Foreign Ministry said the team had been sent to its embassy in the Afghan capital. The embassy has been empty since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August.

A ministry statement on Thursday gave no details about the technical team or any relief supplies sent to Afghanistan. He said the team was deployed to “closely monitor and coordinate multi-stakeholder efforts for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance” as part of a “continuation of our engagement with the Afghan people”.

Residents of the hardest-hit district appeared to be largely alone in trying to survive after the quake, with the Taliban-led government and international aid community scrambling to bring aid.

India was left without a diplomatic presence in Kabul after it evacuated its staff ahead of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year. But it has shipped 20,000 tons of wheat, 13 tons of medicine, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and winter clothing to Afghanistan to help with the shortage since then, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Indian officials first spoke with the Taliban in Afghanistan earlier this month to discuss the distribution of humanitarian assistance.

India’s envoys previously met with Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where they have an office.

India said it would follow the lead of the United Nations in deciding whether to recognize the Taliban government.

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