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041200ZSEP07 CJ3 JEC (C) BRIDGE OPENING SPURS DISCUSSION OF FURTHER COOPERATION: (Source: AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 01253, 4 Sep 07)
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Classification: CONFIDENTIAL / NONE CSTC-A DCG for Pol-Mil Affairs Daily Cable Summaries 4 September 2007 (C) BRIDGE OPENING SPURS DISCUSSION OF FURTHER COOPERATION: (Source: AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 01253, 4 Sep 07) "This new bridge is as important for us as oxygen," Tajik President Emomali Rahmon told Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who led the US presidential delegation to the opening of the new US-funded bridge linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan across the Pyanj River. Rahmon used the remainder of a ninety-minute US-Tajik bilateral meeting to elicit US assistance and investment for additional infrastructure projects, expound on Tajikistan''s favorable foreign policy and business climate, and rant about Uzbekistan. A separate trilateral meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai was more scripted and concluded the business portion of the festive weekend (August 25-26).