Modi visits Indian consulate

Modi visits Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat city

Herat (Afghanistan), June 4 (IANS) After inaugurating the Salma Dam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Indian consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan where he interacted with the consular staff.

“Meeting the men who make our friendship work. PM visits Indian consulate in Herat, interacts with personnel,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The consulate was attacked in May 2014 by four heavily-armed terrorists. No one in the consulate staff was injured and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel and Afghan security forces killed all four attackers.

In January this year, a car with explosives was found near the Indian consulate in Herat and a man was detained. The vehicle was searched and seized after it was found abandoned near the consulate with a punctured wheel, hinting that was not meant for the consulate.

Earlier in the day, Modi, along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, that was rebuilt with India’s aid.

The Prime Minister arrived in Herat on Saturday on the first-leg of his five-nation tour that will also take him to Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico.

He will leave for Doha, Qatar, later on Saturday.

After inaugurating dam, Modi leaves Afghanistan for Qatar

Herat (Afghanistan), June 4 (IANS) After inaugurating the Salma dam, one of India’s major reconstruction works in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left Herat for Doha, Qatar, on the second leg of his five-nation tour.

“Long live India-Afghan friendship! A short but momentous visit ends as PM departs for Qatar on the second leg of his tour,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Modi, who arrived here on Saturday, inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The dam has been rebuilt with Indian assistance.

The Prime Minister also visited the Indian consulate in Herat that had come under a terror attack in May 2014 and interacted with consular staff.

The visit to Afghanistan is Modi’s second in the course of the past five months. He was in Kabul last December to inaugurate the new Afghan Parliament, which was also built by India.

After reaching Doha later on Saturday, Modi is scheduled to visit an Indian workers’ camp.

He will also be hosted for dinner by Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani on Saturday evening.

After Qatar, Modi will also visit Switzerland, the US and Mexico.

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