PM Modi inaugurates Kabul palace via video link

Raj Kamal Rao
Kabul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspecting guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Friday, December 25, 2015. Photo - PTI

Kabul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspecting guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Friday, December 25, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the renovated Stor Palace in Kabul on Monday. PM Modi took part in the inauguration via a video link from New Delhi.

The palace, located on a hilltop in capital city Kabul, was built by Afghan King Amanullah Khan in the 1920s. It was later destroyed during the 90’s war.

At the event, President Ghani recalled the roots of the friendship between Afghanistan and India.

“We Afghanistan & India have decided to use our history for the advancement of our nation. We are ready to spare no effort in protecting peace, overcome terror & extremism and work for prosperity of our nations,” said President Ghani.

PM Modi called the restored palace a reminder of the glory of Afghanistan’s traditions. He extended India’s help in rebuilding crucial infrastructure in Afghanistan saying that India & Afghan have always been close friends.

“Let me assure people of Afghanistan that in your quest to build a prosperous Afghanistan, 1.25 billion people of India will always be on your side,” said PM Modi.

PM Modi also recalled the occasion when he inaugurated the Salma Dam during his visit to Afghanistan earlier this year. While talking about it, the PM said the dam will not only renew the economy but also revive and agriculture in Afghan’s Herat region.

“India is a partner in your development. India, Afghanistan & Iran transit corridor that we signed this year is another landmark in our partnership,” said PM Modi.

India has already helped Afghanistan to renovate their Parliament building apart from providing engineering support in building Salma dam.

Prime Minister Modi also thanked the Afghan government for “protecting Indian Embassy and Consulates and ensuring the safety and security of Indian experts working in Afghanistan.”

“The sacrifices made by our Afghan brothers will not be forgotten,” said the Prime Minister.