Afghanistan’s upper house of the parliament has praised India efforts for changing Afghanistan into a stable and secure country, demanding India to build the electricity dam for Konar River.
Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan has stated that India long term commitments for Afghanistan continues, and will stay with Afghanistan under any circumstances, saying India has the honor building of two big projects in Afghanistan and efforts are underway to launch joint efforts for significant change in the sector of reconstruction in Afghanistan.
India Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra What important has the mutual relationships of Afghanistan- India is our Prime Minister has visited Afghanistan twice in 5 months inaugurating the two biggest projects in Afghanistan, joint efforts of both countries will bring basic changes, and India will stand by Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile head of the senate house Fazel HadiMuslimyar said,” We appreciate the efforts of India in Afghanistan, and we still demand India to build the Konar electricity dam, the following electricity dam will resolve the power shortage of the majority residents of Afghanistan.”
India has implemented two big projects in Afghanistan one is the construction of Afghanistan parliament and the second one is Salama dam which was inaugurated few days back by the participation of Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Herat province, Salma dam costs $270 million and $90 million dollars.
At the end of their session all senators have insisted if India despite of construction efforts to equip Afghan security forces to enable them defending terrorism within their territory.
Reported by Rafi Sediqee
Three-day expo of Iranian goods and services underway in Kabul
Iran is hosting a three-day trade exhibition in Kabul in the hope of strengthening bilateral trade ties with Afghanistan.
Speaking at the event, Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Bahador Aminian said the exhibition aims to promote trade and share technical “know-how” with Afghanistan.
Iran’s Commercial Consular in Kabul Javanmard Qassab said the exhibition will last for three days in an effort to introduce Iranian products to Afghan customers.
He said the embassy was hoping to sign agreements between Iranian and Afghan businesses.
Trade value between the two countries has now topped $1.5 billion, with Iran exporting a large amount of goods to its neighbor annually.
Afghan traders are also showcasing their products to Iranian businesses.
Representatives of 21 Iranian companies that offer services within the municipal sector are participating along with 54 other Iranian companies.
These companies are from a cross-sector of the commercial industry including technical and engineering services, along with electricity, energy and telecommunications providers.
Gov’t approves four wind and solar power projects
The Afghan High Economic Council has approved four wind and solar power projects in Herat, Kabul and Balkh provinces.
Laima Khurram, director of public-private partnership policy at the Ministry of Finance, said the projects would cost an estimated $160 million.
“One of the wind power projects is in Herat with a capacity of 25 megawatts, another 40-megawatt solar power project is in Mazar, another 25-megawatt solar power plant is in Herat,” she said.
The projects are part of a public-private partnership between the government and the private sector.
This comes after last month’s agreement between the Afghan government and an Emirati company to generate 3,000 megawatts of solar power in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan currently needs 2,000 megawatts of electricity to light homes and power the economy. However, it relies heavily on imported power from neighboring countries.
Atmar addresses concerns of Afghans in Tajikistan
On a two-day official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, acting foreign affairs minister Haneef Atmar met with a number of Afghan refugees, students and business owners at the Afghan Embassy on Friday evening where he discussed challenges they are facing.
In a statement issued by foreign affairs on Saturday, the ministry said Atmar assured students and business owners that problems they have been dealing with – specifically due to COVID-19 – would be addressed as soon as possible.
Easy border crossings for bilateral trade was also addressed and the embassy was instructed to assist refugees with problems they are facing, the statement read.
Addressing Afghan students that attended the meeting, Atmar said it was important for them to return to their home country once they had completed their studies so as to help with the development of Afghanistan.
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