Tajikistan: Q&A With Iran’s Envoy to Dushanbe | EurasiaNet.org

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Tajikistan

Q: The United States has proposed a so-called New Silk Road to facilitate trade and boost the economies of Central Asia and Afghanistan. But Washington has ignored Iranin public discussions of the project. How do you respond?

 

A: Any plan or idea for Central Asia is not practical without Iran’s participation. If they want to ignore Iran, those plans will remain only on paper and will never be realized. […] Iran is one of the major and most important countries on the historic Silk Road. It is impossible to ignore or to go around Iran. This is recorded throughout history.

Do you think it is possible to have a plan for Afghanistan or Tajikistan and ignore Iran? It is impossible. Iran shares a very long border with Afghanistan and three million Afghans have been living in Iran for over 20 years. Tajikistan as well […] it’s only our lands that are separated, the rest of our characteristics are the same.

via Tajikistan: Q&A With Iran’s Envoy to Dushanbe | EurasiaNet.org.

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