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MoU signed to consolidate, restore Kabul Balahesar

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Kabul based Indian Ambassador and the Agha Khan Development Network diplomatic representative to consolidate and restore the Kabul Balahesar (a historic fortress), a statement from the Presidential Palace said Tuesday.

The MoU was signed at the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, during a ceremony in which the Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar said Kabul Balahesar was one of Afghanistan historical monuments and that India was interested in repairing historical monuments and would stay alongside Afghanistan, the statement said.

“India is willing a peaceful, prosperous and developed Af- ghanistan hoping the project successfully end,” the statement quoted. Sheherazada Hijri, AKDN’s diplomatic represen- tative also spoke on the issue and said cultural section of the Agha Khan Development Network was working in repairing and restoration of historical monuments in Afghanistan and work on various projects were going on, according to the statement.

The country’s president also spoke about the background of the Kabul historical Balahesar and said these monuments recall our prideful past and rehabilitation of these monuments not only secure our relation with the past, but also transfer the magnificent picture of the country to the future generation.

“Balahesar is not a symbol but a historical icon, indicating our people’s long campaign and their capability in implementing great works,” the statement quoted him as saying. He commended India for being a good partner in the re- construction areas and helps Afghanistan in defending republicanism and the values helping us get closer.

The president also thanked the AKDN for reconstruction of the Storay Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affaris and Bagh- e-Babur and other sites and hoped the Balahesar of Kabul return to Afghanistan cultural and historical attractions. The consolidation and restoration project of the Kabul Balahesar historical areas is funded by Indian government and would be implemented by the AKDN cultural section.

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