New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday joined Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani via video conferencing from New Delhi to inaugurate the renovated Stor Palace in Kabul.
"The inauguration signalled and showed our joint commitment to strengthening the foundations of modern Afghanistan. The India-Afghanistan-Iran transit corridor agreement that we signed in May this year was another land mark in our partnership," Modi said.
"It manifested our clear and common determination to build new pathways for Afghanistan's economic progress and prosperity," he said. Modi also recalled the time when he inaugurated the Afghan Parliament on December 25 last year.
"The palace has been the setting for many momentous historical events. To those who cannot see beyond shadows of violence in Afghanistan, the restored Stor palace is a reminder of the glory of Afghanistan's rich traditions," Modi said about the Stor Palace.
"And for our Afghan brothers and sisters, it revives the beauty, the richness and splendour of lost memories of Afghan society," the Prime Minister said.
Indian government had promised to help Afghanistan renovate many of its war damaged structures, among which were Executive Block of Afghan Parliament building and the Stor Palace — also known as Darul Aman Palace — in Kabul city.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also expressed his gratitude towards India, saying, “I express my most sincere appreciation for Government of India and its people.” Ghani said that he was sparing no effort in protecting peace and overcoming terror. “We are ready to spare no effort in protecting peace, overcome terror and extremism and work for prosperity of our nations,” he said.
He also said that both the countries have had good historical relations. “We, Afghanistan and India, have decide to use our history for the advancement of our nation.” Also known as Qasr-e-Stor, the Stor Palace was built in 1902 and has undergone some more renovations in the 20th century.