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  • Reopening Silk Road Links: On November 3, 2002, Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmonov, His Highness the Aga Khan and Afghanistan's Vice-President Hidayat Amin Arsala inaugurated the first of a series of bridges, built by the Aga Khan Development Network, across the Pyanj River. The bridge, the first to cross the river in over 20 years, is expected to improve the flow of aid, commerce and trade within Central Asia.
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Inauguration of the first of a series of bridges across the Pyanj River

Tem, Tajikistan and Demogan, Afghanistan, 3 November 2002 - Inauguration by Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmonov, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and Afghanistan’s Vice-President Hedayat Amin Arsala of the first of a series of bridges across the Pyanj River that will consolidate permanent overland links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.