NEW DELHI :
Over 100 high-impact community projects are worth USD 80 million (Rs 592 crore). India’s development portfolio in Afghanistan has reached over USD 3 billion (Rs 22,200 crore) so far. Jaishankar calls for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire to stop violence in the country.
INDIA on Tuesday announced a new phase of over 100 high-impact community projects in Afghanistan worth USD 80 million (Rs 592 crore) as the country’s development portfolio in the war-ravaged nation has reached over USD 3 billion (Rs 22,200 crore) so far.
The announcement about the new development package was made by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his virtual address at a global conference on Afghanistan during which he also called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire to stop violence in that country. “India’s development portfolio in Afghanistan has to-date amounted to over USD 3 billion. The Minister highlighted that no part of Afghanistan today is untouched by the 400 plus projects that India has undertaken in all 34 of Afghanistan’s provinces. More than 65,000 Afghan students have also studied in India,” the MEA said in a release.
In his address, Jaishankar also called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire to stop violence in the country, and reiterated that the peace process must be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. “The External Affairs Minister (EAM) announced at the conference that India had just concluded with Afghanistan an agreement for the construction of the Shatoot dam, which would provide safe drinking water to 2 million residents of Kabul city,” the release said.
India had earlier built the 202-km Phul-e-Khumri transmission line that provided electricity to Kabul city. “EAM also announced launch of phase four of the High-Impact Community Development Projects, which envisages more than 100 projects that India would undertake,” it said.