His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, recently paid a brief visit to Dushanbe, Asia-Plus learnt from the presidential press service. Sitora Shokamolova, Communications Officer, Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe said that His Highness the Aga Khan who is founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) met with Tajik Head President Emomali Rahmon. In the course of talks, the sides discussed current and planned projects of AKDN in Tajikistan.

They noted that the majority of AKDN-sponsored projects being implemented in Tajikistan are of regional significance and peoples of Afghanistan and other Central Asia’s nations are also benefiting from those projects.   They also discussed a number of national and regional problems as well as opportunities for further expansion of cooperation. In the course of the talks, His Highness the Aga Khan expressed gratitude to President Emomali Rahmon for an official registration of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe that is graphic evidence of freedom of religion and tolerance in the country, the source said. The sides were pleased with the results of a long-term cooperation on enhancement of sectors like education, health, communications, culture and energy as wells social protection of the population in Tajikistan.

It should be noted that AKDN is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender.