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Foreign Affairs Minister Yeo meets the Aga Khan in Paris - 2009-01-19

Monday, 2009, January 19
Channel NewsAsia
Cheryl Frois

SINGAPORE : Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo is in Paris for a three-day official visit.

On Sunday, he was hosted to lunch by the Aga Khan, who is the Imam of Shi'a Ismaili Muslims.

According to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the lunch was a follow-up to their earlier meeting last December, when the Aga Khan visited Singapore as part of his Golden Jubilee celebrations.

During the lunch, the Aga Khan announced he would establish an Ismaili Centre and regional representative office of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Singapore.

Mr Yeo warmly welcomed this decision and assured the Aga Khan of Singapore's support.

Both men also discussed ways to strengthen mutually beneficial collaboration between Singapore and the AKDN, which is one of the largest private development networks in the world.

The Aga Khan thanked Singapore for the Singapore Armed Forces' Dental Team's contributions to the Bamiyan Provincial Hospital in Afghanistan, which is funded by the AKDN. - CNA/ms

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