PM Modi inaugurates new Afghan Parliament building in Kabul

KABUL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kabul on Friday morning, a day after signing 16 major agreements in Russia. The Prime Minister will inaugurate Afghanistan’s Parliament building, which has been built by India.

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The PM’s day-long visit, his first to Afghanistan, since taking office – was not officially announced for security reasons, says NDTV, with several specific threats against Indian targets being received and some being foiled.

Modi will address a joint session of the two Afghan Houses in the new Parliament complex.

Kabul (Afghanistan): PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the new Parliament building of Afghanistan

The Parliament building project was started by India in 2007 as a mark of friendship and cooperation to help rebuild Afghanistan after the wars.

PM Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are expected to issue a joint statement after holding talks. PM Modi is also expected to meet former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

PM Modi & Afghan President Ghani lead delegation level talks over breakfast at Dilkosha Palace (picture source: MEA)

India has invested around $2 billion in aid and reconstruction in Afghanistan and trained scores of officers.

PM Narendra Modi at the Presidential Palace (Kabul, Afghanistan), meets President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.

India delivered three of four Russian Mi-25 helicopter gunships to Afghanistan on Thursday.

PM Modi meets President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace (Kabul, Afghanistan).