Afghan President Ashraf Gh on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government for supplying Covid-19 vaccines to Afghstan, saying the solidarity that New Delhi has demonstrated is an indication of a deep historical relationship between the two countries.
The Indian mission at United Nations in New York tweeted a 1.27 minutes video of Ashraf Gh addressing during an event, with the caption: "Afghstan President @ashrafgh commenting on India's donation of COVID19 vaccines said, 'the solidarity that India has demonstrated is an indication of our deep historical relationship & the promise of two democracies working in this region together."
"India the world largest democracy and the world largest producer of the vaccine not only provided the house of Parliament of Afghstan and dams that are the pride of this country but also partnered with us in securing our lives and livelihood," Gh could be heard saying in the video clip.
"Let me thank Prime Minister Modi and all the government of India of this act of exception of solidarity and generosity," he added.
Afghstan Tuesday began its first Covid-19 vaccinations following the World Health Orgzation's emergency use approval for shots developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca.Afghstan's overall caseload has reached 55,646, including 2,435 related deaths.
"This is a great opportunity and a great test for the Health Ministry and the entire nation. I call on all segments of the society to work with the Health Ministry," President Gh told a special ceremony at the presidential palace.
Early this month, India sent 5,00,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Afghstan.
( With inputs from ANI )
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