On Saturday afternoon Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Afghanistan as part of a five-nation tour. After his day-long visit in Afghanistan, PM Modi will visit Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico.
In Afghanistan, PM Modi inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, in Herat province, along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
“This dam has not been built by bricks and mortar, but by the faith of our friendship and the valour of Afghans and Indians. And, at this moment of pride, we also stand in grief and gratitude for lives sacrificed so that Afghan people will have a future they so richly deserve and so deeply desire,” PM Modi while speaking about the multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW of power to irrigate 75000 hectares of land.
India will extend cooperation to every part of war-torn Afghanistan despite facing barriers of politics, geography and terror attacks on its mission in Afghanistan, PM Modi asserted after inaugurating the dam.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, while briefing the media on Friday, said the completion of the dam was “monumental” and India’s priority was to complete all pending projects in Afghanistan.
In his address, PM Modi also hailed the people of Afghanistan for denouncing terrorism.
“It was a war not of Afghan making, but it was one that stole the future of an entire generation of Afghans,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi was also awarded the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour before leaving for Qatar, the second leg of his 5-nation tour. From Qatar, PM Modi stops over at Switzerland in Europe.
Modi is likely to seek support of Switzerland and Mexico for India’s membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group as both these countries are key members of the elite grouping. The issue is likely to figure during Modi’s meeting with Obama in Washington on June 7. India formally applied for membership to the NSG on May 12.
PM Modi is also scheduled to address a joint session of the US Congress on June 6.
(With inputs from PTI)