Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour- the Amir Amanullah Khan Award.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani conferring the award to PM Modi khaleejtimes
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted:
He was awarded the honour by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam.
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The Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, built at a cost of Rs 1,700 crore is showpiece infrastructure project by India in the strategically important HERAT province, reflecting India’s strong commitment to reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.
Touted as a “landmark” infrastructure project, the dam on river Chist-e-Sharif, will irrigate 75,000 hectares of land and generate 42 MW of power. Located 165 km east of Herat town, the dam is expected to significantly boost the agricultural economy of the province.
The Herat province lies on the ancient trade routes of the Middle East , Central and South Asia . Roads from Herat to Iran, Turkmenistan, and other parts of Afghanistan are considered strategically important.
The project has been executed and implemented by WAPCOS Ltd, a government of India undertaking under ministry of Water Resources , River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation .
“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, adding that the brave Afghan people are today sending a message that the forces of “destruction and death, denial and domination” shall not prevail.
In an address after inaugurating the Afghan-India Friendship Dam along with President Ashraf Ghani, PM Modi said India will extend cooperation to every part of war-torn Afghanistan despite facing barriers of politics, geography and terror attacks on its mission in Herat. Talking about the dam, Ghani said a “long standing dream” of the country has been realised after 30 years with help from India.
“Today, we come together to make eternal India Afghan ties and friendship. This Dam will chart a new course of cooperation and Prosperity,” said Ghani adding “Our people identify India with roads, dams and over 200 small development projects.”
Modi had earlier inaugurated a swanky Parliament complex that was built by India at a cost of $90 million. In April, PM Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour- the King Abdulaziz Sash. The Prime Minister was conferred the prestigious award by King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court. The award is named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state.
PM Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour- the King Abdulaziz Sash Vikas Swarup/Twitter