Amazon Quiz (September 15, 2021): Which country was supporting Shahtoot dam project aimed at providing drinking water to Kabul?

Pakistan

China

USA

India

Answer: India

India, in November, had unveiled an initiative for building a dam to supply water to Kabul. This was to be built on the 202-km Pul-e-Khumri electricity transmission line built in 2009 to provide power to the city. 

External affairs minister S Jaishankar told a virtual international pledging conference that India was committed to helping Afghanistan for a long-term. 

India will also launch some 150 projects worth $80 million as part of the fourth phase of its high impact community development projects initiative, he said. 

“There is no part of Afghanistan today untouched by our 400-plus projects spread across all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan,” he added. He went on to express his concern at the increasing violence in the country at that time. “Increasing level of violence in Afghanistan naturally remains a matter of grave concern. While we support all efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan, India calls for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire. We also believe the peace process must be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled,” Jaishankar said. 

“India has invested heavily in peace and development in Afghanistan. We strongly believe the gains of the last two decades must be preserved, and that the interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections must be ensured,” he added.

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