The exquisite Henrique Mendonça Palace in Portugal has been acquired by HRH the Prince Karim Aga Khan for a reported 12 million euros.
The stunning complex currently houses offices of the New School of Business & Economics (SBE), and could potentially serve as the global headquarters for the Aga Khan himself.
Aga Khan arrives in Portugal for first official visit after establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat 2016-05-12Posted May 12th, 2016 by librarian-hd
Lisbon, Portugal, 12 May 2016 – His Highness the Aga Khan is in Portugal for his first visit since a landmark agreement establishing the global Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal came into effect.
Yesterday, the Aga Khan – Imam (leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – met with Foreign Affairs Minister Augusto Santos Silva before meeting with the President of the Portuguese Republic, His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who also hosted a private dinner in his honour.
ISMAILI IMAMAT AGREEMENT WITH PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT
Both Parties assume, as common objectives, the defence of human dignity, economic and social development, interfaith dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, as ways of achieving justice and peace;
Affirming the interest of both Parties in the establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in the territory of the Portuguese Republic and their common will mutually to respect each other’s autonomy in the context of the mutual trust and esteem which has traditionally characterised their relationship;
Agree as follows:
English translation (freetranslation.com) after the original Portuguese text
Acordo milionário para Portugal
Príncipe Aga Khan terá residência oficial no nosso país e investirá centenas de milhões de euros em investigação científica e cooperação para o desenvolvimento
Patrícia Fonseca (arttigo publicado na VISÃO 1162, de 10 de junho)
12:17 Quarta feira, 10 de Junho de 2015 |
Príncipe Aga Khan intervindo no Parlamento português, há um ano
The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete, received today the leader of the Ismaili community, Prince Aga Khan, for a working lunch followed by the signing of an agreement between Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat.
O príncipe Aga Khan admite investir na saúde e em serviços de protecção social em Portugal. O PÚBLICO sabe que no discurso que o líder da comunidade Ismaili profere ao princípio da tarde desta quarta-feira no Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros, após a assinatura do acordo que estabelece a sede global da sua comunidade em Portugal, essa questão será referida.
Machete e Aga Khan enaltecem acordo com comunidade ismaelita em Portugal A decisão de acolher a sede global do 'Imamat Ismaili' foi definida como "um importante sinal de abertura do Estado"
English Google translation below the text
primeiro-ministro enalteceu hoje o acordo para o estabelecimento da sede global da instituição representativa da Comunidade Ismaelita em Portugal, sublinhando que permitirá estender o apoio desta rede a instituições de investigação portuguesas.
In an announcement that will have Portugal’s estate agents limbering up for the race of all time, the Aga Khan has announced that he will be moving his official residence to Portugal within the next five years. The news came on Wednesday, as the leader of the Shia Muslim order was due to meet with Foreign Affairs minister Rui Machete to sign an agreement to establish his global headquarters in Portugal.
As Machete told Público: “It is natural that an institution with an annual budget of between €600-€900 million will bring something to Portugal.”
LISBON, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Portugal will benefit from agreement with Ismaili community for global head office to be established in the country, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said on Wednesday.
Lisbon, June 3rd 2015 -- Portugal’s Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Rui Machete and His Highness the Aga Khan today signed a landmark Agreement between the Republic of Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat for the establishment of a formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal. The Agreement marks the first such accord in the Imamat’s modern history. It will come into effect once it has been approved by Portugal’s Parliament and ratified by the President of the Portuguese Republic.
H.H. The Aga Khan has arrived in Lisbon, Portugal and was welcomed at the airport by Mnister was received by Pedro Mota Soares of the Government of Portugal. According to news received from Portugal newspapers, H.H. The Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismailis, will be moving some of his institutions in Portugal where he may also build a residence. H.H. The Aga Khan is expected in the Country this week and more news will be posted in this section starting today.
H.H. The Aga Khan is expected to make large investments in Portugal in the next 5 years.
The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity.
The candidates, preferably a man and a woman, must have distinguished themselves in the following areas: protection of human rights, defense of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity, and strengthening the North-South partnership.
The winners of the 2013 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe are Susanne Jabbour and His Highness the Aga Khan
Your Excellency the Minister of Solidarity and Social Security,
Your Eminence the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon,
Your Excellency Mr. Jorge Sampaio
Distinguished members of Parliament,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honour and pleasure to be here in Lisbon today. We all feel particularly graced by the presence of Dom Jose Policarpo who has been such a formidable ally and friend of the Aga Khan Foundation in Portugal. Your Eminence, thank you for presence and your kind words.