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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

Aga Khan opens $50-million architectural landmark in Ottawa - 2008-12-06

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The Aga Khan, the Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader who ended an eight-day Canadian tour in Vancouver less than two weeks ago, is back in Ottawa today to open a new architectural landmark on Sussex Drive.

The $50-million building is to be the permanent home of the Ismaili Imamat delegation - in effect, an embassy for representatives of his 15 million followers who are scattered in 25 or 30 countries around the globe.

It's the first such Ismaili delegation anywhere, though another is planned for Portugal, and the Aga Khan says more will be eventually built in other places.

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The Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, left, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper talk during the opening ceremony of the new Delegation of Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. The delegation will serve as the headquarters for the humanitarian efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Source: 
AP The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick

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The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslim sect, takes part in the opening ceremony of the new delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa December 6, 2008.

Source: 
REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA)

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) shakes hands with the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, during the opening ceremony of the new delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa December 6, 2008.

Source: 
REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA)

The Aga Khan in Ottawa - 2008-12-07

Source: 
Ottawa Citizen

We members of the Citizen editorial board had the pleasure of meeting the Aga Khan a few years ago. I'm thrilled to see his new delegation open on Sussex Drive, for many reasons. One of them is that Canada's capital should contain nodes of international networks, and the Aga Khan's network is one of the most effective I know.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan At the Opening of the Delegation Building - 2008-12-06

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Source: 
akdn.org

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mrs. Harper
Chief Justice Beverly McLaughlin and Mr. McCardle
Madame Adrienne Clarkson and Mr. John Ralston Saul
Your Excellencies
Honourable Ministers
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Je voudrais commencer mes commentaires aujourd'hui en vous souhaitant la bienvenue dans le nouveau bâtiment de la Délégation de l'imamat ismaili à Ottawa. Nous sommes ravis que vous participiez à cette journée importante pour nous.


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