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EU interested in closer ties with Tajikistan: official

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    from EU Business, UK - Sept. 29, 2003 The European Union is interested in strengthening its economic and political ties with Tajikistan, members of the first
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      from EU Business, UK - Sept. 29, 2003


      The European Union is interested in strengthening its economic and
      political ties with Tajikistan, members of the first EU delegation
      to visit the Central Asian country said Monday as they arrived.

      "The strengthening of cooperation between the European Union and
      Tajikistan is one of the main goals of our trip," Antonio Di Pietro,
      a European Parliament member from Italy, told reporters in the Tajik
      capital.

      The delegation will also assess "the state of democracy in
      Tajikistan and the state of human rights in the country," Di Pietro
      said.

      The visit, which is due to last a week, marked the first time that
      the European Union had sent a delegation to this former Soviet
      republic that borders Afghanistan.

      Tajikistan, which was roiled by civil war after the disintegration
      of the Soviet Union, is the most impoverished of the former Soviet
      republics and is a major conduit for drugs from Afghanistan to
      Western markets.

      The EU delegation met with Prime Minister Akil Akilov as well as
      other government and law enforcement officials. The delegation is
      not due to sign any agreements during its stay.
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