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Prince Aga Khan pays visit to Kazakhstan - 2008-10-30

Thursday, 2008, October 30

2008, October 30: Prince Aga Khan pays visit to Kazakhstan - One of the World famous patrons of art, Prince Karim Aga Khan VI has paid a visit to Kazakhstan. He is one of the descendants of the Prophet Mohammed and he is also the Imam of the Muslim and Shiite community of the Ismaili. His Excellency was welcomed to the Ak Orda residence by Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Prince is also the founder and one of the sponsors of many charity projects carried out in many countries including the CIS and some Central Asian states. In particular, in 2000, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as the Aga Khan VI fund established the Central Asian University. The University headquarters is situated in Bishkek with the educational institution's representations to be constructed in the Kazakh town of Tekeli, the Kyrgyz populated area of Naryn and the Tajik town of Khoros. Straight from Astana, his Excellency is set to go to Tekeli to take part in an official ceremony to lay the first brick of the future university. The Prince's ten-day working trip around Central Asia began in Kazakhstan. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, iman of Ismaili commune: - I have come here to see how our university is developing. During the talks with the President, we also spoke about the effect the global economic recession has on Central Asia. I expressed the hope of further expansion of cooperation with your country in all possible areas. [] Photo: mbdartz

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