Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Kabul and was received by Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and deputy Foreign minister Hekmat Karzai.
“From Russia to Afghanistan. A pre-dawn arrival in Kabul begins a day of engagements with another dost,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
1:45 pm: Narendra Modi announced today that he will make a stop-over in Lahore.
12:05 pm: Over the mighty Hindu Kush and through the forbidding Khyber Pass, our ties as ancient as history: PM
PM Modi expresses delight that the Afghan cricket team has found its home ground near Delhi; is practicing for next year’s World Cup.
We are deeply touched that you have chosen to name one of the wings in this building Atal Block: PM Modi
12:00 noon: Afghanistan with abiding faith in tradition of Jirga has chosen democracy against challenges that would have defeated lesser people: PM Modi while addressing members of the Afghan Parliament
11:15 am: PM Modi has inaugurated the new building of the Afghan Parliament built by India. He also met the two Speakers of the Houses of Parliament.
A binding of democracies. PM @narendramodi with Afghan President and the speakers of the two houses of Parliament. pic.twitter.com/BuccvV1k8x
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 25, 2015
10:40 am: Modi will also be holding talks with other Afghan leaders, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai.
His talks with Afghan leaders will be focused on key bilateral issues including security co-operation and the ways to help the war-torn country where India has committed over USD two billion assistance.
He will also inaugurate the Parliament building which has been constructed by India at a cost of USD 90 million. He is expected to address the Afghan lawmakers.
10:30 am: PM Modi met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul to discuss security, bilateral cooperation issues.
PM Sh @narendramodi with Afghanistan Prez Dr @ashrafghani at Kabul pic.twitter.com/Cr4wk0Jiiv
— PIB India (@PIB_India) December 25, 2015
Modi met Ghani soon after his arrival here from Moscow in the wee hours. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome after which Ghani warmly received him at presidential palace.
“A meeting between friends…President @ashrafghani warmly welcomes PM @narendramodi as they begin their meeting,” Prime Minister’s office tweeted.
(With PTI inputs)