H.E Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the joint inauguration of Stor Palace (Qasri Stor) via video conference on August 22, 2016 from New Delhi.
The Stor Palace, a historic monument located at Foreign Affairs Ministry of Afghanistan was built in 1902. The palace was recently renovated by Agha Khan Foundation with the financial support of the government of India.
In an interview to DD News, Ambassador Abdali described the inauguration of Stor Palace as a “historic moment in the relations of India-Afghanistan and a testimony of natural proximity between the two countries.” He further added “India has been a reliable partner of Afghanistan in the reconstruction process after the 9/11.”
Referring to the strong bond between India and Afghanistan, Ambassador Abdali noted that the relations between the two countries will only deepen with the time and said “sky is the limit for our ties.”
Addressing the inauguration through video PM Modi said “Stor Palace is a reminder of the glory of Afghanistan’s rich traditions,” he assured the people of Afghanistan that in their quest for prosperous and stable Afghanistan the 1.25 billion people of India will always remain on their side. PM Modi stressed “whatever may be the odds, India will work with you for a bright future for all Afghans.”
Speaking to PM Modi from Kabul via video conference, the Honorable President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed his appreciation for the government and people of India for their role in the reconstruction process of Afghanistan.
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