This is Modi’s first visit to Afghanistan and he is expected to inaugurate the new Afghan parliament building built with the financial support of Indian government.
Modi arrived in capital Kabul in the early hours of Friday morning and was welcomed by National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and Afghan ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali.
He was also given a red carpet welcome in the ARG Presidential Palace upon his arrival.
The construction work of the new parliament building started in 2009 by India’s premier government-owned construction agency – Central Public Works Department (CPWD), with an estimated construction cost of $90 million.
India has played a crucial role by participating in the rebuilding of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
Since 2002, the Government of India has committed around USD 2 billion dollars to the socio-economic rebuilding of the Afghan state and society in accordance with the development priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.
India took another major step in supporting the Afghan national security forces and delivered three of the four Mi-25 gunship helicopters in Kabul. The delivery of the gunships are expected to considerably boost the capabilities of the Afghan Air Force amid deteriorating security situation and critical need of close-air support.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft landed in Hamid Karzai International Airport in the early hours of Friday morning and was welcomed by National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and Afghan ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali.