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Afghan Taliban hails Turkiye for sending humanitarian aid

The interim Afghan administration has lauded Turkiye’s government and people for sending aid and support to Afghan people to help stem a dire humanitarian crisis. 

Bilal Karimi, the interim Taliban administration’s acting deputy spokesperson, said on Tuesday that Turkiye has always stood behind the Afghan people in difficult times. 

“I would want to express my gratitude to Turkish President (Recep Tayyip Erdogan), the Turkish government, and the Turkish people for sending aid and helping us at this difficult time,” Karimi said.

He added that the interim administration in Kabul wants to establish good relations with Turkiye as Turks are their brothers and sisters.

“We hope that Turkiye will continue to assist and extend more support in rebuilding Afghanistan after decades of conflict,” he said.

Peace has been restored in the country, he said, inviting Turkish investors to come and invest in Afghanistan.

READ MORE: Turkiye’s ‘goodness train’ reaches Afghanistan in time of need

Acute hunger

His statement came after a special charity train carrying 750 tons of emergency supplies from Turkiye arrived in Herat, northeastern Afghanistan on Monday after traveling 4,168 kilometres (3,590 miles).

The train was received at a ceremony by Turkiye’s Ambassador Cihad Erginay and acting Afghan government officials.

Under the umbrella of the state-run Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), at least 11 humanitarian organisations from Turkiye contributed to the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which is facing an extreme food crisis and is in dire need of assistance.

Around 12.9 million children in Afghanistan are in need of aid due to extreme weather conditions, according to Turkiye’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

Last week, Kerem Kinik, head of the Turkish Red Crescent, visited Afghanistan and held high-level meetings to discuss the distribution of humanitarian aid to Afghans.

Aid groups have described Afghanistan’s situation as one of the world’s fastest-developing humanitarian disasters.

According to the UN, half of the population is now suffering from acute hunger, over 9 million people have been displaced, and millions of children are out of school.

Last month, the UN and its partners launched a $4.4 billion funding appeal to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan in 2022.

Millions of Afghans are on the verge of death, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has urged the international community to release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and restore the country’s banking system.

READ MORE: Malnutrition on the rise among Afghan children

The statement from acting deputy spokesperson Bilal Karimi came after a special charity train carrying 750 tonnes of emergency supplies from Turkiye arrived in Herat, northeastern Afghanistan.

Around 12.9 million children in Afghanistan are in need of aid due to extreme weather conditions, according to Turkiye’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
Around 12.9 million children in Afghanistan are in need of aid due to extreme weather conditions, according to Turkiye’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
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The interim Afghan administration has lauded Turkiye’s government and people for sending aid and support to Afghan people to help stem a dire humanitarian crisis. 

Bilal Karimi, the interim Taliban administration’s acting deputy spokesperson, said on Tuesday that Turkiye has always stood behind the Afghan people in difficult times. 

“I would want to express my gratitude to Turkish President (Recep Tayyip Erdogan), the Turkish government, and the Turkish people for sending aid and helping us at this difficult time,” Karimi said.

He added that the interim administration in Kabul wants to establish good relations with Turkiye as Turks are their brothers and sisters.

“We hope that Turkiye will continue to assist and extend more support in rebuilding Afghanistan after decades of conflict,” he said.

Peace has been restored in the country, he said, inviting Turkish investors to come and invest in Afghanistan.

READ MORE: Turkiye’s ‘goodness train’ reaches Afghanistan in time of need

Acute hunger

His statement came after a special charity train carrying 750 tons of emergency supplies from Turkiye arrived in Herat, northeastern Afghanistan on Monday after traveling 4,168 kilometres (3,590 miles).

The train was received at a ceremony by Turkiye’s Ambassador Cihad Erginay and acting Afghan government officials.

Under the umbrella of the state-run Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), at least 11 humanitarian organisations from Turkiye contributed to the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which is facing an extreme food crisis and is in dire need of assistance.

Around 12.9 million children in Afghanistan are in need of aid due to extreme weather conditions, according to Turkiye’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

Last week, Kerem Kinik, head of the Turkish Red Crescent, visited Afghanistan and held high-level meetings to discuss the distribution of humanitarian aid to Afghans.

Aid groups have described Afghanistan’s situation as one of the world’s fastest-developing humanitarian disasters.

According to the UN, half of the population is now suffering from acute hunger, over 9 million people have been displaced, and millions of children are out of school.

Last month, the UN and its partners launched a $4.4 billion funding appeal to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan in 2022.

Millions of Afghans are on the verge of death, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has urged the international community to release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and restore the country’s banking system.

READ MORE: Malnutrition on the rise among Afghan children

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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