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India urged to launch special satellite for Afghanistan

India AfKABUL: The Ministry of Telecommunications and Technology (MoTT) has urged the government of India to launch a special satellite for Afghanistan.

Najib Nangal, spokesman for the (MoTT), told Pajhwok Afghan News the acting minister of telecommunications and technology, Syed Ahmad Shah Sadat, met Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra in Kabul.

He said the opening of a terminal for Afghanistan in the South Asia Satellite, another special satellite, small development projects and bilateral relations were discussed at the meeting.

Nanal added a memorandum of understanding would be signed soon to let Afghanistan benefit from India’s South Asia satellite, having 12 transponders. Two of them will be provided to Afghanistan.

The satellite will be used in areas of telecommunications, television services, agriculture, mines and other fields. The construction of the special satellite station in Kabul was also discussed.

The acting minister appreciated India’s continued support and hailed it as a close strategic partner. The Indian ambassador reiterated India’s resolve to implement more development projects in Afghanistan.

In May this year, President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the launch of a communications satellite by India for South Asian nations, calling it a major step in regional cooperation.

He attended the launch ceremony via a video link along with other leaders of the nations involved in the project, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. -Pajhwok

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