President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday inaugurated the Lapis Lazuli corridor during his visit to western Herat province of Afghanistan.
In his speech during the inaugural ceremony of Lapis Lazuli corridor in Herat, President Ghani said Afghanistan was facing a situation in which it was isolated 17 years ago.
President Ghani further added that the goal of Afghanistan,its people, and different sects of the country is connectivity, not isolation, emphasizing that in today’s situation Afghanistan is in a position which acts as a point of connectivity.
He said the Lapis Lazuli corridor’s history dates back to four years ago when Afghanistan’s Lapis stones were transported to Egypt and India via this corridor.
The first modern slaughterhouse was inaugurated in capital Kabul during a ceremony which was attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and some other high level government officials, including the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock in a statement said the proposal for the construction of modern slaughterhouses in Kabul, Kunduz, Herat, and Balkh provinces, was presented to the government nine years ago but the construction work of the projects had stalled due to lack of proper management under the previous administration.
The statement further added that the construction of more slaughterhouses in Herat, Kabul, Balkh and Shakar Dara would be completed this year while the construction of a similar slaughterhouse would be completed next year in Kunduz province.