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Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured with Afghanistan's highest civilian award

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 June 2016, 15:13 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 June was awarded Afghanistan's highest civilian award by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani - The Amir Amanullah Khan Award.

Modi arrived in Afghanistan commencing the first leg of his five-nation nation tour. He will next visit Qatar, Switzerland, US, and Mexico. Modi was given the honour shortly after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and he inaugurated the Friendship Dam in Herat (earlier known as Salma Dam).

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, "A true brotherhood honoured. PM is awarded with the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan's highest civilian honour."

After the dam got inaugurated, PM Modi thanked the people of Afghanistan for their honour, affection, and friendship. He further said that the Friendship Dam unites India and Afghanistan in solidarity as Chishti Sharif joined both countries in spirit centuries ago.

Modi said, "We have joined hands to build roads that bridge distances of your country, from Zaranj to Dhelaram." He concluded his speech by giving his best wishes to Afghans and Muslims all over the world for the holy month of Ramzan.

First published: 4 June 2016, 15:13 IST
 
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