The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Dari and Pashto languages to confirm his arrival in Herat province of Afghanistan for the inauguration of Salma Dam.
In his Twitter post, Modi said “I arrived in historic Herat province, will inaugurate the Salma Dam and meet President Ghani.”
A spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup also tweeted “Beginning with Afghanistan. PM @narendramodi arrives in Herat to launch the Afghan India Friendship Dam.”
The government of Afghanistan has renamed the name of Salma dam to Afghan-India friendship dam earlier this year in a sign to show appreciation to the robust investment by India in reconstruction of the dam.
Built on Harirod river, the dam is expected to produce 42 megawatt of electricity and will irrigate around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land.
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 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.