Source: Asia-Plus news agency, Dushanbe, in Russian 0920 gmt 1 Nov 02
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom;
Nov 01, 2002

World Ismaili leader to arrive in Tajikistan, open bridge on Afghan border

Dushanbe, 1 November: The Imam of the world's Ismaili sect, Prince Aga Khan IV, will arrive in Dushanbe at Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov's invitation tomorrow afternoon, 2 November.

The Tajik Foreign Ministry's information department told Asia-Plus that during his two-day visit to Tajikistan, Prince Aga Khan will meet Rahmonov and visit the centre of Mountainous Badakhshon Autonomous Region of [eastern] Tajikistan, Khorugh.

There, Prince Aga Khan, Rahmonov and members of an Afghan delegation led by the special envoy of the chairman of the transitional government, Public Works Minister Dr Abdollah Ali, will attend the opening ceremony of a bridge across the River Panj in Tem village in the region's Shughnon District on 3 November.

The bridge on the Tajik-Afghan border was built this year with the support of the Tajik and Afghan governments and financial aid from the Aga Khan Development Network.

Aga Khan will leave Tajikistan the very same day.