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DUSHANBE, July 6, 2004

Aga Khan Opens New Bridge Connecting Tajikistan, Afghanistan

DUSHANBE, July 6 (NCA) -- The spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan, today inaugurated a new bridge crossing a river between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

The 100-meter-long bridge across the Pyandzh river was created to promote trade between the two neighbors. It is the second bridge built in Tajikistan's southeastern Gorno-Badakhshan region and funded by the Aga Khan Development Network, which started funding developments in Tajikistan in 1993.

The ceremony was attended by Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov. The Aga Khan and Rakhmonov also attended the laying of the foundation of a new university in Khorog, the administrative center of Gorno-Badakhshan.