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Rice Visits Tajikistan On Asian Tour

Foreign Minister Nazarov (file photo) Dushanbe, 13 October 2005 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Tajikistan today for talks with Tajik government officials.

Speaking in Dushanbe at a joint press conference with Tajik Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov, Rice said they discussed
joint efforts in the war on terrorism.

"We did talk about our cooperation in the war on terrorism and against narcotics and about the need to fully support Afghanistan so that Afghanistan can develop as a stable democratic country that will never again be a platform for
terrorist attacks."

Rice also said that the United States is not seeking to establish a military base in Tajikistan. Rice said Tajikistan has made some progress on the road to democracy.

Tajikistan is the last scheduled stop on a Central Asian tour that has taken Rice to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Earlier today, she met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Rice called on Nazarbaev to have free and fair elections in which the opposition has adequate access to the media.

(Interfax, RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

For more news about events in Tajikistan, see RFE/RL's webpage News and Features on Tajikistan