Afghanistan, India Signed Agreement on Shahtoot Dam Project

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to sign a project agreement for the Shahtoot dam.

The agreement was signed by the Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

At the conference, President Ghani said, ” “Your decision to provide us with 5,00,000 doses of the vaccine at this critical time… there could not be a greater gift.”

India’s development assistance to Afghanistan is marked on our landscape, President Ghani said, adding that India is a true partner in Afghanistan’s development.

In the meantime, Modi said that the respect accorded to rivers is a cultural tradition shared by India and Afghanistan.

“In the last 2 decades, India has been one of the most prominent partners in the development of Afghanistan,” Modi said.

“The several projects that India has assisted in Afghanistan has helped our friendship and brought the two countries closer. Today, the signing of MoU on Shahtoot Dam in Kabul will be based on our strong friendship,” he added.
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The dam was part of new development initiatives unveiled by India last November.

India is also taking up 150 community projects worth $80 million in Afghanistan, part of measures to take development to small communities through schemes that have a direct impact on the lives of the people.

Shahtoot Dam will provide drinking water to two million residents of Kabul city and also feed irrigation projects.

It will build on the 202-km Pul-e-Khumri electricity transmission line built in 2009 to provide power to Kabul.

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