The building has been constructed with the financial support of India at an estimated cost of $90 million.
Indian Prime Minister Nandera Modi then addressed Afghan lawmakers during the inauguration of the new Afghanistan parliament building.
Here are the highlights of his speech to lawmakers:
- Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that gives flowers, not thunder
- Afghanistan is a land where legends are born- of poetry and beauty, of valour and honour, of pride and generosity
- Great Afghan people waged an epic struggle of courage and resolve to shape their future with vote and debate not gun and violence
- A country with an abiding faith in the tradition of Jirga (tribal council) has chosen democracy, against challenges that would have defeated a lesser people
- I salute the countless Afghans who have sacrificed their lives, the leaders and the MPs for the democracy in the country
- Today, I am humbled and honoured to join President Ashraf Ghani and all the MPs to dedicate this new abode of democracy to the Afghan nation
- I stand on behalf of 1.25 billion friends in India in admiration for your achievements in gratitude for your friendship
- We could not have chosen a more special day than the birthday of former PM Vajpayeeji who dreamt of this project with Karzai Saheb
- We are deeply touched that you have chosen to name one of the wings in this building Atal Block
Nander Modi is also expected to announce another Indian aid package worth $200 million.