India Aid To Afghanistan: Taliban Govt Welcomes Indian Budget 2023-24, Says It Will Help Improve Ties Between Us
India-Afghanistan Ties: The Taliban, who came to power after overthrowing the democratic government in Afghanistan, is insisting on improving relations with foreign countries to meet their economic needs. In this sequence, the Taliban on Thursday welcomed India’s Union Budget 2023-24 and said that the announcement of India’s assistance to Afghanistan will help improve relations and trust between the two countries. Will get
Afghan Taliban praised Indian government
According to the news agency ANI, the Taliban government has praised the Indian government for the help received from India. In India, a proposal for a $25 million development assistance package for Afghanistan was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget. Sitharaman gave her budget speech at 11 am on Wednesday, which was the last full budget of the second term of the Modi government. Like the last two Union Budgets, the Budget for 2023-24 was also presented in paperless form.
India pledges Rs 200 crore for Afghanistan
In the budget of 2023-24, India has promised Rs 200 crore in development assistance to Afghanistan. This is the second year that India has provided financial assistance to the Taliban after gaining control of Afghanistan. According to the report, the first announcement in this regard was made in last year’s budget.
‘Relations and trust between the two countries will get a boost’
Welcoming India’s budget, Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban’s negotiation team, said, “We appreciate India’s cooperation for the development of Afghanistan. It will help improve relations and trust between the two countries.”
Appeal to India to resume projects
It may be noted that when the Taliban seized power in Kabul in August 2021, relations between Afghanistan and India became strained, and most of the Indian cooperation initiatives came to a halt. Regarding this, Shaheen said, “There were many such projects in Afghanistan, which India was funding. If India resumes work on these projects, it will boost relations between the two countries and end mistrust.”
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