India’s Ambassador to Kabul, Manpreet Vohra, on Monday said that common enemies of Afghanistan and India are trying to strain Kabul-New Delhi ties but their efforts will not hamper the friendly relations between the two countries.
“We have common enemies who would like to see our relationship ruptured, but we are confident that Afghans and Indians’ relations go back so many thousands of years and that they are extremely strong and close and no one can really shake that,” he told TOLOnews.
“We are committed to Afghanistan and we know that Afghanistan is committed to India,” he added.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to visit Kabul within the next few days, will also travel to Herat province where he will inaugurate the Salma Dam, a hydroelectric and irrigation dam located on the Hari River in Chishti Sharif district.
Meanwhile, a police force member who works at the dam, said they still they are faced with threats by militants in the district.
“We go to areas, about which we receive information, and then we fight militants. They [insurgents] don’t have the ability to resist us,” said Mohammad Osman, a police officer in Herat.
According to reports, at least $300 million USD was spent on the construction of the dam over the past decade.
The dam will produce more than 40 megawatts of power and will provide irrigation water for over 80,000 hectares of agricultural lands.