With Prime Minister Narendra Modi gearing up to visit Russia from December 23-24, an additional visit to Afghanistan is likely on December 25, on his way back from Russia. If the visit is finalized, it will be Mr Modi’s first trip to Afghanistan. There is no official confirmation of the visit so far.
In Kabul, Mr Modi is expected to inaugurate the new Afghan parliament building, which has been built with India’s assistance. The project was initiated by the Indian government in 2007 as a mark of friendship and cooperation to help rebuild war-torn Afghanistan, and is set for completion on December 31.
The new parliament building was due to have been completed in November 2011. However, it has missed at least three completion deadlines over the last four years. In the latest review, conducted by urban development secretary Madhusudan Prasad and the Central Public Works Department, it was found that 96 percent of the work was completed and the project team was putting final touches to the building.
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