PM Modi congratulates Afghanistan on 100 years of its independence, skips Pakistan mention
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Afghanistan which is all set to commemorate 100 years of its independence on August 19. On 15th August i.e, the 73rd Independence Day of India, Narendra Modi, in his nearly 95-minute address to the nation, emphasised the ties between the two countries.
On August 19, 1919, Afghanistan got its independence and the country has lined up grand celebrations in Kabul to commemorate the day next week. He said, "We have a neighbour, Afghanistan, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Independence in four days from now. From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I extend my hearty greetings to Afghanistan on this occasion." India and Afghanistan which shares friendly ties with each other, has helped in the rebuilding of the war-torn country through material, institutional and other assistance.
Afghanistan's Charge d'Affaires in India, Tahir Qadiry, at an interaction at the Foreign Correspondent Club of South Asia on August 5 had said a number of events are taking place to mark 100 years of the country's independence and the grand event will be held on August 19 in the capital city, Kabul. "Celebrations will be held in Kabul and restored Darul Aman Palace will be inaugurated, among other programmes," Qadiry said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped any mention of Pakistan this can be expected to annoy Pakistani establishment.
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