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Afghan President and Indian PM Modi inaugurate new Afghan parliament building

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(Kabul-AlummahWorld, Rabi`I 15, 1437, December 26, 2015) The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly-built Afghan parliament building on Friday December 25th in Kabul.

President Ghani and PM Modi took a tour of the parliament building and arrived at the main session hall in the presence of the guests including Afghan parliament members.

Having the elements of Mughal and modern architecture with marbles used from Chesht-e-Sharif district of western Herat province, work on the new parliament building tarted in 2009 by India’s premier government-owned construction agency – Central Public Works Department (CPWD), with an estimated construction cost of $90 million.

One of the key features of the new parliament building is its dome which is said to be one of the largest among the parliaments in Asia.

Speaker of the AfghanLower House of Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi thanked the government of India and the Indian people for the gift of the new parliament building.

Narendra Modi started his speech by paying tribute to the Afghans who have sacrificed their lives, describing Afghanistan as a nation of pride, freedom and liberty, saying Afghanistan is a country with an abiding faith in the tradition of Jirga and has chosen democracy against challenge that would have defeated a lesser people.

He also added that “We are deeply touched that you have chosen to name one of the wings in this building Atal Block. This will stand as an enduring symbol of the ties of emotions and values of affection and aspirations that bind us together.”
Citing endless love among the people of the two nations, Modi expressed delight that Afghan team has found its home ground near Delhi and is practicing for next year’s World Cup.

Modi announces 500 scholarships for Afghan children
In his speech during the inauguration ceremony of the new Afghan parliament building, Modi said “Today, I announce 500 scholarships for children of the martyrs of Afghan security forces.”

Modi further added that a scheme consisting scholarships for 1,000 others will also continue.

He also added that India is in Afghanistan because of the faith of Afghan people. “Despite those who did not want us to be here, we are here because you have faith in us. You never doubted the strength of our friendship,” Modi added.

Modi said India is laying the foundations of future in Afghanistan and rebuild lives, ruling out that the country is lighting flame of conflict and to destroy a nation.

“We know that Afghanistan’s success will require the cooperation and support of each of its neighbours,” Modi said, adding that Afghanistan will succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the border and the sanctuaries of terrorism are shut.

He insisted that the world must stand with the Afghan people in solidarity as Afghans take responsibility for their future.

Modi said the Afghan youth have the right to have access to the opportunities of the 21st century as much as anyone else in the world has.

He ended his historic address, saying “India will be with you at every step of your journey to peace and prosperity”, calling the suffering of the Afghan people the pain of India, the dream of the Afghan people India’s durty, strength of Afghan people India’s belief and courage of Afghan people India’s aspiration.

Afghan President hails India for the delivery of three helicopter
The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed India for the delivery of three Mi-25 gunship helicopters, calling it a major step towards the stability of Afghanistan as India is having a major contribution in the reconstruction of the country.

Ghani was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the new parliament building built with the finical support of the Indian government.

He also hailed India for contributing in strengthening democracy in Afghanistan with the construction of the new parliament building, calling India one of the biggest democracies in the world.

President Ghani also thanked Modi for pledging 500 scholarships for the children of the fallen members of the Afghan security forces and said every Afghan who have studied in India is acting as an ambassador between the two nations.

Reiterating calls for regional cooperation in fight against terrorism, President Ghani said there is no difference between the good terrorists and bad terrorists.

He said the militants waging war in Afghanistan are hailing from outside the country, insisting that the Afghans have never been sent outside the country as terrorists.