India committed to help redefine

India committed to help redefine Afghanistan’s future: Modi

Herat (Afghanistan), June 4 (IANS) India is committed to restore hope and redefine war-torn Afghanistan’s future, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, after inaugurating a dam built with Indian assistance here.

Modi said he had not come to Afghanistan just to launch the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, also known as Salma Dam.

“We are reviving a region, renewing life, restoring hope and redefining Afghanistan’s future,” Modi said in a brief speech after the inauguration ceremony with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

He said the two nations have “come together to honour and celebrate Afghan determination to build a future of prosperity”.

“This dam has not been built by bricks and mortar, but by faith of our friendship and valour of Afghans and Indians,” said the Prime Minister.

Modi left early Saturday for Afghanistan, the first leg of a five-nation tour that will also take him to Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico.

Modi conferred with Afghanistan’s top civilian award

Herat (Afghanistan), June 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday conferred with Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani conferred the award on Modi after the two leaders jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, that was rebuilt with India’s aid.

“A true brotherhood honoured. PM is awarded with the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Modi arrived here earlier on Saturday on the first leg of his five-nation tour.

He will leave for Qatar later in the day on the second leg of his tour.

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