Dushanbe, Tajikistan (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Tajikistan’s president Saturday for his country’s support of efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and bring security to neighboring Afghanistan.
In her first visit to the central Asian country, she also addressed concerns about human rights and the need to bring more economic opportunities during a town hall meeting earlier in the day.
“Tajik citizens deserve the opportunity to receive a decent education, own land, practice whatever religion they choose, enjoy a free and independent media, and participate equally in the political process,” Clinton said at the town hall meeting, sponsored by the Aga Khan Development Network. “And it is up to their leaders to ensure that fundamental freedoms, including religious freedom, are protected for all people: men and women, young and old.”
–snip– Clinton said the United States is working with the Aga Khan Development Network to support Pamir Energy in building an integrated energy grid along the Tajik-Afghan border.