Heart (Afghanistan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, built with Indian aid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with Afghanistan's highest civilian honour, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Ghani said that with India's help a longstanding dream of Afghanistan has been realised after 40 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the dam has not been built by bricks and mortar, "but by faith of our friendship and valour of Afghans and Indians. We are not just launching a project that will irrigate land and light up homes, we are reviving a region," he said. He said, "The dam is a generator not just of electricity, but also of optimism and belief in the future of Afghanistan."
Over 1,500 Indian and Afghan engineers were involved in construction of the dam for several years in difficult condition.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarts his five-nation tour on Saturday. The Prime Minister is set to begin this tour by visiting Afghanistan, followed by Qatar, Switzerland, the US, and he with end it with Mexico.