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  • His Highness the Aga Khan shaking hands with Tajik President H.E. Emomali Rahmon.
    AKDN / Cécile Genest
His Highness the Aga Khan meets President Rahmon of Tajikistan

Paris, France, 7 November 2019 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today met with President Rahmon of Tajikistan ahead of the Paris Peace Forum.

The two leaders discussed areas of regional cooperation and AKDN’s shared agenda to promote social and economic development in Central Asia. The Paris Peace Forum is an annual global meeting bringing together international stakeholders in open dialogue towards global governance, international cooperation and collective action for a peaceful world.

Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies.  It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments.  The AKDN supports the establishment of programmes and institutions that allow the Government, private sector and civil society to play complementary roles in increasing prosperity and creativity within a pluralistic society.