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Tajik President Sees No Military Solution For Afghanistan

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Brussels
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Brussels
PRAGUE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon says he believes the solution to the Afghan problem lies in the country’s economic and social revival, rather than in military strength.

Rahmon made his comments on February 11 as he met with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels.

Tajik Ambassador to the EU Saymumin Yatimov told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that Rahmon said Tajikistan is ready to help transport aid to Afghanistan and proposed building new bridges on the Tajik-Afghan border.

With the help of Western countries, Rahmon said five bridges have already been built in the area.

He also suggested establishing an aid route through Tajikistan to Afghanistan when speaking with the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan last week.