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Central Asia: Kazakh, Tajik Presidents Show Oil And Water Do Mix

In return for closer ties with Kazakhstan, visiting Tajik President Imomali Rahmon has hinted at support for a Kazakh plan to form a Central Asian Union — an idea also backed by Kyrgyzstan but soundly rejected by Astana’s main regional rival, Uzbekistan, and unlikely to please Russia. Rahmon offered his upbeat appraisal during a visit to the Kazakh capital this week to “improve bilateral ties,” including to seek economic help from his oil-rich neighbor. Full Story

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