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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

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