India and Afghanistan have signed agreements to implement 26 projects worth $9.5 million in Afghanistan amid a changing geopolitical scenario in the region. While the US has been urging India to send its armed forces to the war-torn nation, India has reiterated its commitment to complete infrastructure projects it has promised to Afghanistan.
The 26 projects for which agreements were signed on Monday are part of the 577 development projects at a total cost of $120 million that were to be implemented between 2005 and 2021.
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Today, together with HE Vinay Kumar @vkumar1969, India’s Ambassador to #Afghanistan @IndianEmbKabul, we signed MoUs for implementing 26 projects worth $9.5 million; part of 577 development projects at total cost of $120 million, funded by India from 2005-2021. #थैंक यू इंडिया pic.twitter.com/Oft9LsDYXs— Dr. Abdullah (@afgexecutive) January 14, 2019
Earlier this month, after US President Doland Trump, mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not doing enough in the direction of restoring safety and security in Afghanistan, the Indian government outlined its contribution of over $3 billion in the war-ravaged nation.
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Under the India-Afghanistan 'New Development Partnership' launched in September 2017, new projects are being taken up including the Shahtoot Dam drinking water project for Kabul, low-cost housing in Nangarhar province, 116 High Impact Community Development Projects and a host of other infrastructure development projects. Over 3,500 Afghan nationals are trained and receive education in India every year, according to the foreign ministry.