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Dlhi April 17, 2003

Aga Khan discusses scope of developmental network with Sinha

New Delhi, Apr 17: The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, today discussed with External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha the scope of his development network in promoting education, health and rural development in India.

During the 45-minute-long meeting, the Aga Khan, who is on his first visit to India in 11 years, spoke about the potential for cooperation also in areas like micro credit, financial services, humanitarian assistance and in the promotion of non-governmental organisations, informed sources said.

The spiritual leaders met President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Monday last.

India is already having discussions with the Aga Khan foundation for working together in Afghanistan in the education sector.

The Aga Khan said his trust had undertaken various projects in the three sectors in India and adopted 600 villages in Gujarat for their development. It was also working on different projects in Maharashtra.

The Aga Khan presided over a function on Tuesday to mark the formal opening of the restored Humayun's Tomb Gardens which has been undertaken by the Aga Khan trust for culture in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India. He is scheduled to leave for Kabul tomorrow.

Bureau Report