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Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmonov met in Dushanbe on 28 August with the visiting spiritual head of the world Ismaili community, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Asia Plus Blitz reported. The two men discussed the implementation of an agreement signed during the Aga Khan's visit to Dushanbe in September 1998 whereby the Aga Khan Development Network undertook to provide humanitarian aid and to fund various programs in the health and education sectors. They also signed an agreement on creating a Central Asian University in Dushanbe, for which the Aga Khan will provide $5 million. Construction of the university will begin in 2002 and cost an estimated $150 million. LF


Prince Karim Aga Khan IV met in Bishkek on 30 August with Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev to discuss the planned Central Asian University, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported. The Aga Khan has donated toward the Dushanbe and Bishkek colleges of that institution a total of $5 million each. The university will also have colleges in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to Interfax.The Bishkek college will focus on the study of the mountain regions of Kyrgyzstan and providing educational opportunities for residents there. The Aga Khan also met in Bishkek with the speakers of both
chambers of Kyrgyzstan's parliament. LF

From: RFE/RL Newsline (2 items)

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