Staff Reporter: In the context of the current acute food and other crises, the Bangladesh government has decided to provide one crore taka in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan through the United Nations.
The aid will be sent through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a UN body, the foreign ministry said.
A press release issued by the ministry on Sunday said that the foreign ministry had taken the necessary steps to send the funds to the ministry on the basis of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s approval and instructions.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations will remit grants to the Special Fund for Humanitarian Aid set up by the UN OCHA on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh in Afghanistan, and activities in this regard are currently underway.
The money will be spent through the OCHA for the vulnerable people of Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said.
According to the press release, the grant is a practical reflection of the Prime Minister’s policy of regional brotherhood, integrated development of South Asia, and cooperation toward all.
“As a result of this grant from the Government of Bangladesh, the image of Bangladesh abroad is expected to be brighter.”
The country’s crisis has deepened since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last year.