Portuguese Heads of State and Government offer His Highness the Aga Khan a State Welcome

Portuguese Heads of State and Government offer His Highness the Aga Khan a State Welcome
Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa and Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, with His Highness the Aga Khan and his brother, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, at Foz Palace following a presentation by the Prime Minister to His Highness of commemorative limited edition First Day Diamond Jubilee stamps issued by the Postal Service of Portugal. AKDN / N. Lokhandwala

President of the Republic and Prime Minister offer His Highness State Welcome and host meetings on occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.

Lisbon, Portugal, 9 July 2018 – President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, officially welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan to Portugal during a ceremony and meetings at the Belém Palace. His Highness received State honors upon his arrival and was greeted on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 60 years of global leadership and contributions to humanity. More than 40,000 members of the Ismaili community have gathered in Portugal for the culmination of year-long celebrations taking place this week throughout Lisbon.

Portuguese Heads of State and Government offer His Highness the Aga Khan a State Welcome
President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, officially welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan to Portugal at the Belém Palace where he was received with State honours on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee. AKDN / A.Hakim

During the meetings at the Presidential Palace, the parties discussed ways that the Ismaili Imamat, and the agencies and institutions of the AKDN, are partnering with the Government and people of Portugal to improve the quality of life of communities within the Portuguese jurisdictions and around the world. His Highness and meeting delegates also discussed opportunities for wider collaboration and ways in which they can further reinforce the strength of their existing relationship.

Following the meeting with Portugal’s President, His Highness and his delegation were invited to a lunch hosted by Portugal’s Prime Minister, Mr. António Costa, held at Foz Palace, where various dignitaries were in attendance. As a tribute to His Highness’ Diamond Jubilee, Prime Minister António Costa presented the Aga Khan with commemorative limited edition First Day Diamond Jubilee stamps issued by the Postal Service of Portugal.

Portuguese Heads of State and Government offer His Highness the Aga Khan a State Welcome
His Highness the Aga Khan at the National Palace of Belém, the official residence of the President of the Republic of Portugal, where he was officially welcomed to the country by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with State guard honours on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of global leadership and service to humanity. AKDN / A.Hakim

The relationship between these two communities lasts centuries, and was reinforced by an Agreement signed in 2015 to establish a Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Lisbon. AKDN’s commitment to Portugal reflects His Highness’ deep respect for the country. These partnerships acknowledge a shared commitment by both the AKDN and the Republic of Portugal to an agenda that promotes peace and pluralism.

In 2015, His Highness remarked “What brings us together is not only our historical similarities and our mutual respect for our past, but our wish to work together better to address the opportunities and the problems which will confront us in the decades ahead. Our respective histories have taught us to place our trust in human values and to root them in an ethical view of life.”

Source: http://www.akdn.org/press-release/portuguese-heads-state-and-government-welcome-his-highness-aga-khan

 

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