“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,” said Prime Minister Modi on August 22 while inaugurating the ‘Stor Palace’ in Kabul with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
About the newly restored building, also known as ‘Kasre-estar’, the Prime Minister said the palace is a sign of rich heritage of Afghanistan.
While addressing a high-level audience in Kabul through video-conferencing, Modi said, “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.”
He also emphasized on the “close” friendship between India and Afghanistan and stressed over the bright future for all Afghans. “Whatever may be the odds, India will work with you for a bright future for all Afghans,” he stressed.
While expressing his views President Ghani said “logic” of peace and benevolence will defeat the logic of terror and violence. Both the countries have always been close friends, he added.
The palace which was damaged during the civil war is likely to serve as the office of the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan