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Tajik President Visits India

President Rakhmonov arrives at the Indian presidential residence in New Delhi on August 7 (epa) August 7, 2006 -- Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov is in India today for talks expected to focus on economic and security ties.

Rakhmonov is also due to discuss ways to enhance antiterror cooperation between Dushanbe and New Delhi with India's President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

It is expected that the first Indian-Tajik business forum will take place on the sidelines of Rakhmonov's visit.

India is currently involved in a project to renovate Tajikistan's Ayni military airfield, near Dushanbe.

Earlier this year, the two countries vowed to cooperate in the fields of industry, agriculture, transportation, education, and tourism.

India has also pledged to support Tajikistan's membership bid for the World Trade Organization.

(Avesta, dpa)

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