A Turkish charity group on Tuesday delivered 100 tons of wheat seeds and aid materials to officials of the Taliban-led agriculture ministry in the capital Kabul.
Semih Lutfu Turgut, Turkish Consul General in the Afghan town of Mazar-i Sharif, speaking at the ceremony held at the ministry’s premises on the delivery of seeds brought from Turkey, said his country had reached out to people in need around the world. with its state and non-governmental organizations.
He thanked the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) and the officials of the Taliban administration who contributed to the aid to reach Kabul.
“Turkey has always helped people in need, both with its state and its people. It has reached all parts of the world within its means,” he said.
He stressed that the aid provided by Turkish humanitarian organizations has contributed to improving relations between nations and “breaking down prejudices”.
Huseyin Oruc, IHH vice president, also speaking at the ceremony, said all of the aid was a sign that they were not leaving the Afghan people alone.
âAs IHH we have been working in crisis areas around the world for 30 years. The most important thing I have learned in these 30 years is that we bring fellowship rather than charity. than to help, we came to say that we are with you, we are brothers. The IHH is a foundation created to show that we are part of a body “, he underlined.
He stressed that during the “new period” in Afghanistan, the charity group helped first aid trucks from Turkey to reach the country.
âWe have shown that it is possible to come to Afghanistan. As long as it is possible, I appeal to all of Turkey, to Islamic geography and to all of the West: ‘You can come too. You have to come. Today is the day we have to come ‘”, he added.
“We have not left (the Afghan people) alone and I hope we will not leave them alone,” he said.
Abdurrahman Rashid, deputy agriculture minister in the Taliban administration, called on Muslim countries to help the Afghan people at the ceremony, saying corruption and security concerns ended with the country’s takeover by the Taliban and added that the Afghan people need international help.
“Western countries should release the money they have blocked in international bank accounts belonging to Afghanistan. This money belongs to the Afghan people in distress today,” he said.
He also noted that inbound aid will be delivered to the needy in a “transparent manner”.