Times of India: India, Afghanistan sign MoU to build Shahtoot Dam in Kabul
Wed February, 2021, Age: 3 years
India appears to have stolen a march on China, inking a deal with Afghanistan to construct a vital dam on the Kabul river that will supply the Afghan capitol with drinking water. A MoU was signed by Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Haneef Atmar during a virtual meeting. Also present at the meeting were Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. President Ghani remarked, “with (the) Shahtoot reservoir, we will be able to implement our vision of restoring natural beauty that captivated the imagination of Babur. I thank India and Prime Minister Modi for offering this gift of water, in addition to the gift of vaccines.” The vaccines were in reference to the 500,000 doses of Indian-produced coronavirus vaccines the Indian government has gifted Afghanistan.