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Tajikistan Leads the way

Tajikistan can play a major role as a key strategic partner for Europe and the West in Central Asia. This was the view I expressed in letters to President Jerzy Buzek of the European Parliament and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, following my recent high-level visit to this fascinating Central Asian nation. In my capacity as Personal Representative of the President in Office of the OSCE (Kazakhstan) responsible for ecology and the environment, I travelled to Tajikistan in mid-September for meetings with the Minister for Foreign Affairs - Hamrokhon Zarifi and with Gul Sherali – Minister for Energy & Industry. I also met with the Speaker of the Majilis - Shukurjon Luhurov, the Chairman of the Committee on Environmental protection – Khursandmurod Zikirov and the First Deputy Minister of Melioration & Water Resources - Sulton Rahimov. I also visited the impressive Nurek and Rogun Hydro Elect r ic Power projects on the Vakhsh River.

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