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Tajikistan objects to sanctions against Iran

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March 8, 2012, 4:45 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Economic sanctions against Tehran cannot help resolve the Iran nuclear problem, Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi (left) said.
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DUSHANBE (Interfax) - Economic sanctions against Tehran cannot help resolve the Iran nuclear problem, Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi said on March 8. "We do not support any sanctions, especially economic ones. Sanctions are not a solution to the issue," Zarifi said at a news conference when asked about Dushanbe's opinion on sanctions imposed on Iran by a number of Western countries.

"We adhere to the view that problems of this kind should be resolved diplomatically through political negotiations," he said.

"The sanctions will not affect" Tajik-Iranian economic ties, Zarifi said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is paying an official visit to Dushanbe and has held talks with his Tajik counterpart.

Salehi said at the news conference that the negotiations had passed "in a positive manner." The negotiators discussed the construction of a railroad from Kyrgyzstan to Iran through Tajik and Afghan territories and supplies of oil products from Iran to Tajikistan, he said.
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