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PM Modi, Afghan President Ghani jointly inaugurate Stor Palace in Kabul
Stor palace inauguration signals and shows our joint commitment to strengthening the foundations of modern Afghanistan: PM
Inauguration of Stor palace is an entirely different, yet in many ways more fundamental, dimension of our engagement: PM Modi
To those who cannot see beyond shadows of violence in Afghanistan, Stor palace is reminder of glory of Afghanistan's rich traditions:PM
Whatever may be the odds, India will work with you for a bright future for all Afghans: PM Modi

H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
Foreign Minister Excellency Rabbani
And my dear Afghan friends, sisters and brothers


It is indeed a matter of great pleasure to be with you again. Afghanistan is India's immediate neighbor and, in our hearts and minds, Indians and Afghans have always been closest of friends.

Today, we once again come together to celebrate yet another achievement of our friendship and, take another step in the fruitful journey of our cooperation.

Excellency Ghani,

Fewer things give greater joy than getting together with good friends to celebrate successful completion of joint initiatives. You and I have been fortunate to have done so on important occasions in the past months.

In December last year, you and the Afghan people stood with me to inaugurate the Afghan Parliament.

The inauguration signaled 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.

It manifested our clear and common determination to build new pathways for Afghanistan's economic progress and prosperity and, a month later, in June this year, we joined hands and inaugurated the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam.

The Salma dam will revive and renew not just the economy and agriculture of the Herat region of Afghanistan.But will also build a strong and lasting pillar of support for Afghanistan's overall growth and development.

Excellency,

Today's video inauguration of Stor palace is an entirely different, yet in many ways more fundamental, dimension of our engagement. I say this because it brings back to life a valuable landmark of Afghanistan's cultural heritage.

The Stor 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.

And for our Afghan brothers and sisters, it revives the beauty, the richness and splendor of lost memories of Afghan society.

True to the foundations of our ties, it links the present of our friendship to the historical bonds of our linkages.I must commend all the artists, experts and consultants who worked day and night to accomplish this delicate task.

Friends,

Afghanistan is a close friend. Our societies and people have had age old ties and links.

It, therefore, saddens us to see that your proud nation continues to be challenged by externally sponsored instruments and entities of violence and terror.

Let me assure the people of Afghanistan that in your quest:

• to build a prosperous Afghanistan; and
• to bring peace, security and stability to your society;

the 1.25 billion people of India will always be on your side.

The pledge of our partnership and strength of our friendship with Afghanistan is unwavering .

Today's event is a testimony to the resolve and range of our cooperative endeavours .

We want each Afghan to flourish and your society to be benefited from fruits of economic growth.

Whatever may be the odds, India will work with you for a bright future for all Afghans.

Excellency,

In the end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your Government for protecting Indian Embassy and Consulates and ensuring the safety and security of Indian experts working in Afghanistan.

The sacrifices made by our Afghan brothers will not be forgotten.

I once again thank you for your presence today.

I look forward to seeing you in person soon.

I also hope to have an opportunity to visit the renovated Stor palace someday.

Thank you, Thank you very much.

সেবা অমসুং সমর্পনগী চহি 20 তাক্লিবা ফোতো 20
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Prime Minister participates in 16th East Asia Summit on October 27, 2021
October 27, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the 16th East Asia Summit earlier today via videoconference. The 16th East Asia Summit was hosted by Brunei as EAS and ASEAN Chair. It saw the participation of leaders from ASEAN countries and other EAS Participating Countries including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, USA and India. India has been an active participant of EAS. This was Prime Minister’s 7th East Asia Summit.

In his remarks at the Summit, Prime Minister reaffirmed the importance of EAS as the premier leaders-led forum in Indo-Pacific, bringing together nations to discuss important strategic issues. Prime Minister highlighted India’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic through vaccines and medical supplies. Prime Minister also spoke about "Atmanirbhar Bharat” Campaign for post-pandemic recovery and in ensuring resilient global value chains. He emphasized on the establishment of a better balance between economy and ecology and climate sustainable lifestyle.

The 16th EAS also discussed important regional and international issues including Indo-Pacifc, South China Sea, UNCLOS, terrorism, and situation in Korean Peninsula and Myanmar. PM reaffirmed "ASEAN centrality” in the Indo-Pacific and highlighted the synergies between ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).

The EAS leaders adopted three Statements on Mental Health, Economic recovery through Tourism and Sustainable Recovery, which have been co-sponsored by India. Overall, the Summit saw a fruitful exchange of views between Prime Minister and other EAS leaders.