His Highness the Aga Khan In United Kingdom for a Golden Jubilee Visit - 2008-07-02
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Banquet (London, United Kingdom)
July 3, 2008
Secretary of State John Denham
High Representative Solana
Ladies and Gentlemen
What a great pleasure it is for me to welcome you tonight - to greet so many friends, old and new - and to acknowledge how much your friendship - and that of this country - has meant to me.
Asked what was discussed at the Prime Minister's meeting with the Aga Khan, the PMS said that they had discussed the cooperation between the Government and the Aga Khan Development Network, which supported projects in health, education, poverty alleviation, peace and stability. The Prime Minister had also congratulated the Aga Khan on his golden jubilee.
The Queen is personally honouring the Aga Khan with a private banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday to mark his golden jubilee as the leader of the world's 15 million Ismaeli Muslims.
All the senior members of the Royal Family will be there to pay tribute to the 71-year-old, fabulously wealthy, horse race-loving spiritual head, whose followers pay him a tithe of 12.5 per cent of their income.
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