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‘Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam will usher in hope, light up homes’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will embark on five-nation -- Afghanistan, State of Qatar, Switzerland, United States of America and Mexico -- visit beginning on Saturday, has said he is looking forward to visit Afghanistan, where he will join President Ashraf Ghani to inaugurate Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2016 00:55 IST
The Prime Minister began his trip to five countries -- Afghanistan, State of Qatar, Switzerland, United States of America and Mexico -- on Saturday.
The Prime Minister began his trip to five countries -- Afghanistan, State of Qatar, Switzerland, United States of America and Mexico -- on Saturday.(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will embark on five-nation -- Afghanistan, State of Qatar, Switzerland, United States of America and Mexico -- visit beginning on Saturday, has said he is looking forward to visit Afghanistan, where he will join President Ashraf Ghani to inaugurate Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat.

“Looking forward to my visit to Afghanistan tomorrow. I will join President Ashraf Ghani to inaugurate Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat. It is symbol of our friendship and would usher in hope, light up homes, nourish the fertile fields of Herat and bring prosperity to the people of the region,” posted the Prime Minister on Facebook.

“Look forward to meet my friend President Ashraf Ghani and exchange notes on regional situation and setting agenda for bilateral cooperation in the coming period,” he said in a series of Facebook posts.

Speaking about his visit to Qatar on 4th & 5th June at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister said, “Look forward to meeting His Highness Sheikh Tamim whose landmark visit to India last year had ushered in a new momentum in our relations. I will have the honour to meet Father Emir who personally guided our relations for nearly two decades. This visit will nourish the historical bonds of friendship deeply rooted in people to people contacts, energy, trade and investment partnership.”

“I will interact with the Indian workers at the Workers’ Camp and some of the members of over Six lakh Indians who have nurtured our relations through their sweat and toil. Will also speak to Qatar business leaders to realise the full potential of our trade and investment cooperation,” he added.

Prime Minister Modi, who arrives in Geneva in the evening of 5th June on a bilateral visit to Switzerland, said “I will hold talks with President Schneider-Ammann to deepen our bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

“In Geneva, I will meet prominent businesspersons. Our agenda will be to expand economic and investment ties. I will meet Indian scientists working at CERN. India takes pride in their contribution to exploring new frontiers of science in the service of humanity.”

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Talking about the next leg of his journey to the US, he said, “I will be reaching Washington DC on a bilateral visit in the evening of 6th June at the invitation of President Barack Obama. In my meeting with the President on 7th June, we will seek to build upon the progress achieved in providing new vigour and momentum to our strategic partnership in diverse areas.”

Saying that India and the U.S. are natural partners, two vibrant democracies that celebrate their diversity and pluralism, the Prime Minister added: “Strong India-USA ties benefit not only our two nations but also the entire world.”

The Prime Minister said he is looking forward to meeting President Peña Nieto on June 8 during his visit to Mexico - a privileged partner in the Latin American region.