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Tajik Leader Stresses Need For Stability At Home, Region

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (file photo)
Tajikistan's president says the revolt that toppled the government in Kyrgyzstan is cause for concern for the region even though the events are "internal affairs."

President Emomali Rahmon told parliament today in his annual address that "our region today is a point where different interests clash" and that "Central Asia, as a fragile region, should not be an arena of instability and conflict."

He said that in Tajikistan "to secure development, progress and improvements...we need, first of all, political and social stability."

Rahmon has been in power since 1992.