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Modi set to inaugurate $300m Salma dam tomorrow

Modi set to inaugurate $300m Salma dam tomorrow

Jun 03, 2016 - 11:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Indian prime minister is due in Afghanistaninfo-icon on Saturday (tomorrow) to inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, also known as Salma Dam, in western Herat province.

Narendra Modi would hold talks with President Ashraf Ghani on the current situation in Afghanistan and further boosting bilateral cooperate in promoting peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Execution of the dam project represents culmination of years of hard work by about 1,500 Indian and Afghan engineers and other professionals in difficult conditions, an Indian Ministry of Externalinfo-icon Affairs (MEA) spokesperson said.

Vikas Swarup told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday the $300 million project was also reflective of India’s continued commitment to Afghanistan’s reconstructioninfo-icon. The dam will irrigate 44,000 hectares of land.

“India is consistently ranked by Afghan people as a country which has stood by them and is of greatest help to them. At the same time, doing all these projects, we had to face a lot of challenges,” the spokesperson said.

Multiple attempts were made to disrupt peace and stability in Afghanistan, he alleged, saying: “Cross-border terrorism, you know from where” -- a not-so-oblique reference to neighbouring Pakistaninfo-icon.

New Delhi has invested more than $2 billion during the last few years in Afghanistan. Modi’s five-nation trip, beginning June 4, will also take him to Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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