NEW DELHI: India and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed an settlement to build the Shahtoot Dam in Kabul to present ingesting water facility in the Afghan capital.
In a digital summit, exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Haneef Atmar signed the MoU in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
While signing the settlement, President Ghani thanked India and PM Modi for the “gift of water”.
Speaking on the digital summit, Ghani mentioned, “With Shahtoot reservoir, we will be able to implement our vision of restoring natural beauty that captivated the imagination of Babur. I thank India and Prime Minister Modi for offering this gift of water, in addition to the gift of vaccines.”
The Afghan President lauded India for giving consideration to Afghanistan and giving a “gift of life to Kabul and the people of Afghanistan symbolise the value of decency, democracy, humanity, mutual interest, mutual respect, mutual trust and our interdependent world”.
The Shahtoot dam is to be constructed on the Kabul river basin, one of many 5 river basins of Afghanistan. Along with the Shahtoot dam, India has pledged to commit $80 million for varied initiatives in the nation. Around 150 initiatives have already been introduced by India in the conflict-ridden nation.
Shahtoot dam will present clear ingesting water to two million residents of Kabul and also will be used for irrigation.
“Your decision to provide us with 5,00,000 doses of the vaccine at this critical time when Indians themselves are looking for every single vaccine could not be a greater gift … These will be administered to our frontline health workers and our heroic security forces and vulnerable people. We cherish this act of exceptional generosity,” he mentioned.
Expressing issues over the rising violence in Afghanistan, PM Modi termed focusing on of the civilians, journalists and employees by the terrorists a “cowardice act” and asserted that each India and Afghanistan need to see the area freed from terrorism.