People gather at the Imamnazar customs point during a ceremony for the opening of the first section of a $2 billion railway link between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The Central Asian republics, to varying degrees, have engaged in development work in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics have much in common, boasting societies with similar cultures, religions and ethnicities. Just as important, the latter provide a role model for Afghanistan to fashion itself into a moderate, pluralistic Muslim society....
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