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PM Modi Likely To Inaugurate Afghan Parliament On Friday Amidst Security Threat

| December 22 , 2015 , 13:32 IST
ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Kabul on December 25 where he will inaugurate the new building of the Afghan Parliament constructed by India at a cost of about USD 90 million. He is expected to make a stop-over in Kabul on his way back home from Moscow where he is going for a two-day visit from Wednesday to hold annual summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kabul visit has not been officially announced but informed sources said the Prime Minister will make his first trip to the war-torn country on Friday. The Parliament building project, which was initially conceived at a cost of USD 45 million, was started by India in 2007 as a mark of friendship and cooperation to help rebuild Afghanistan. Situated between historic landmarks King's Palace "Darulaman" and the Queen's Palace - the building has elements of Mughal and modern architecture and has Asia's largest dome as its key feature. The building will house the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) with a seating capacity of 294, a 190-seat Meshrano Jirga (Upper House), besides other facilities like conference hall and press room. India has invested around USD two billion in aid and reconstruction and trained scores of Afghan officers. ALSO READ: ISIS Directly Threatens Modi, Vows To Expand War To India Earlier in the month, ISIS claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “a right-wing Hindu nationalist who worships weapons and is preparing his people for a future war against Muslims”. It also vowed to expand its fight to India, citing prophecies that refer to a global war that will precede Mahdi (redeemer), promising to free the world of evil and pave way for the day of judgement. The Islamic State in recent months have made their presence felt in Afghanistan, adding more woes to the fledgling and struggling Afghan National security forces. (With PTI inputs)