Almaty. October 20. Information Center - Since
October 15 2021 sixty eight railway carriages with the cargo have arrived from
Kazakhstan to the freight terminal of Hairatan, Balkh province of Afghanistan,
AKI PRESS reports.
At present, the aid delivery is being unloaded and stored at
the temporary storage warehouses of the Balkh province, where the terminal is
located, Kazakh Foreign Ministry said,
Local authorities plan to distribute Kazakhstani flour among
vulnerable groups of the population. Traditionally, Kazakh agricultural
products are used by the northern Afghan provinces of Balkh, Baghlan, Takhar
and Kunduz, as well as the city of Kabul.
The delivery of the most recent humanitarian aid to
Afghanistan was confirmed during a working visit of Erzhan Kazykhan, the
Special Representative of the President of Kazakhstan, to Kabul on 17 October
2021, during which he met with the representatives of the interim government of
Afghanistan Abdul Ghani Baradar and Amir Khan Muttaqi. The Afghan side
expressed their gratitude for the humanitarian assistance provided and noted
the significant contribution of Kazakhstan to international efforts to rebuild
In addition, the Kazakh Government proposed to provide its
domestically-developed QazVac vaccine against COVID-19 to Afghanistan.
Earlier Kazakhstan also provided humanitarian assistance to
Afghanistan. In 2020, as part of efforts to combat the socio-economic
consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,900 tonnes of flour, 4,000 litres of
vegetable oil, 200,000 cans of condensed milk, and 5,000 tonnes of pasta were
sent, as well as winter tents, sleeping bags, beds, mattresses, blankets and
warm clothes, which were distributed among the population of a number of
eastern provinces of Afghanistan, affected by large-scale floods in the
In 2021, Kazakhstan provided similar humanitarian aid to
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as QazVac vaccine against COVID-19 to
Kyrgyzstan and other medical supplies to India.
has long been committed to contributing to prevention of a major humanitarian
crisis in Afghanistan. As such, Kazakhstan has in the past provided significant
support to Afghanistan, including a $50 million scholarship program to educate
1,000 Afghan students. Kazakhstan hosts many Afghans, including young women and
girls, who pursue higher education studies.
visit to Kabul, Erzhan Kazykhan also met with the UN agencies in Afghanistan,
including Mrs. Deborah Lyons, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary
General for Afghanistan, and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
(UNAMA). They discussed issues of expanding cooperation between Kazakhstan and
the UN in overcoming the humanitarian and food crisis in Afghanistan.
August 2021, the interim office of UNAMA and other UN agencies accredited in
Afghanistan, temporarily relocated to Almaty, following a request to Kazakhstan
by the United Nations. On September 20, the UN approved a proposal by the
President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to create a hub in Almaty to
help the Afghan people and to consider redeployment of UNAMA to Almaty.