Will stand like a rock with Afghanistan, promises India
The promise was held out by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at an event organised by the Water Resources Ministry in New Delhi on Wednesday.
At the gathering, the personnel and workers who successfully completed the construction of India-Afghan Friendship Dam in western Herat province were felicitated.
Swaraj was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India: "We want to convey this to the people of Afghanistan that India will stand like a rock with them...”
Afghanistan's Energy and Water Minister Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani and his Indian counterpart Uma Bhartiwere also in attendance.
The dam had been built under "very difficult and hostile" conditions, even as Indian nationals were attacked in Afghanistan, the foreign minister said.
“In such a situation, if an organisation like WAPCOS says it will construct the dam, it reflects the determination and valour which our soldiers show…" she commented.
For his part, Eng. Osmani acknowledged India's cooperation with his country had been "very effective" over the past 15 years. He hoped other nations would emulate India's model.
India was aiding development activities and constructing the dam in Afghanistan at a time when "some countries are supporting terrorism" there, he observed.
Bhartihailed the facility "as an example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts aimed at pushing development agenda at the international level too".
She said the dam was constructed keeping in mind the needs of the local people. It would help irrigate large swathes of land in Afghanistan and generate electricity.
Modi and President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the Rs1775-crore damon June 4.The multipurpose project, constructed on Chist-i-Sharif River is expected to irrigate 75,000 hectares of land and generate 42 megawattsof power.
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