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Syria, Local, 11/2/2001
Prince Karim Agha Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaelit Muslim sect arrives today in Damascus in a visit to Syria during which he will hold talks with several Syrian officials relating to future developmental projects currently carried out by al-Agha Khan network in Syria.
During his visit al-Agha Khan will distribute al-Agha Khan awards for architecture and this will be in a large celebration to be held under the patronage of the Syrian President Bashar al- Assad at the Aleppo ancient castle. The ceremony will be attended by huge number of Syrian officials, expertise and intellectuals.
However, the Agha Khan award for Architecture is considered one of the establishments belong to the Imam's department which advocates interest to cultural issues and social and economic development.
The Agha khan establishment for culture has been involved since 1998 in maintenance and renovation works in three Syrian castles which are the citadels of Aleppo, Mesyaf and Salah Eddine in collaboration with the Syrian general establishment for antiquities and Museums at the Syrian ministry of culture.
Worthy mentioning that prince Agha's Khan last visit to Syria was in 1972.