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<b>November 3, 2001</b>: DAMASCUS, Syria - President Assad / Meeting - THE AGA KHAN'S HISTORIC SYRIA VISIT - 2001-11-04

M.Abdo / G.A.Hassoun

President Bashar Assad received here Saturday Ismaelite Moslems Spiritual Leader, Prince Karim Agha Khan. Talks during the meeting dealt with the situation in the Middle Asia and with efforts that the Islamic states have to exert as to distinguish the Islam from the extremist aspects which were attributed to it. The Prince briefed President Assad on the projects which Agha Khan foundation intends to implement in Syria. Agha Khan viewed that Syria is an example to the joint living between all religions.


Vice President Abdel Hallim Khaddam received here Sunday Ismaelite Moslems spiritual leader, Prince Kareem Agha Khan. Talks dealt with the importance of studying culture and the Islamic legacy and with boosting coopeartion between peoples of the Islamic World.Also, the Republic's Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Keftaro received the Prince Agha Khan.
Talks during the meeting dealt with the current international situation and tolerance of the Islam religion and Islam call for intimacy and peace between peoples of the world. They asserted that Islam is religion of the high values, fraternity and intimacy.

<b>Novemeber 3, 2001</b>: DAMASCUS, Syria - Le pr&eacute;sident al-Assad re&#231;oit Agha Khan - THE AGA KHAN'S HISTORIC SYRIA VISIT - 2001-11-04

Le président Bachar al-Assad a reçu aujourd'hui l'Emir Karim Agha Khan, guide spirituel des musulmans ismaélites dans le monde, avec qui il a examiné la situation en Asie centrale et les efforts à déployer par les pays islamiques pour réfuter les accusations de terrorisme, lancées contre l'Islam.
L'entretien a porté également sur les projets que l'institution d'Agha Khan entend exécuter en Syrie.

<b>November 2, 2001</b>: DAMASCUS, Syria - Karim Agha Khan arrives today in Damascus - THE AGA KHAN'S HISTORIC SYRIA VISIT - 2001-11-04

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.

<b>November 2, 2001</b>: DAMASCUS, Syria- Khaddam re&#231;oit l'&eacute;mir Karim Agha Khan - THE AGA KHAN'S HISTORIC SYRIA VISIT - 2001-11-07

M.Abdel Halim Khaddam, vice-président de la République, a reçu ce soir l'émir Karim Agha Khan, guide spirituel des musulmans ismaïlites dans le monde.L'entretien a porté sur l'importance de l'étude de la culture et du patrimoine islamiques, ainsi que sur le renforcement de la coopération entre les peuples du monde islamique.
L'Emir Agha Khan avait rencontré aujourd'hui le mufti de la République cheikh Ahmad Kiftaro et visité la Mosquée des Omayyades.

Teshreen - AGA KHAN IN DAMASCUS - 2004-02-15

H.H. The Aga Khan meets with Muslim leaders in Damascus  2004-02-15
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His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of Shia Ismaili Muslims arrived in Damascus yesterday to start an official visit to Syria.
The Aga Khan will hold talks during his visit to Syria with the higher officials in the country. He will also review the current and future programs that the Aga Khan Development Network is doing in Syria. Talks will mainly focus on the initiatives that the AKDN has launched in Syria since the signing of the cooperation protocol between the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network 15 months ago.

Syria development projects atop Aga Khan's agenda

The Aga Khan yesterday concluded a three-day official visit to Syria during which he had meetings with President Bashar al-Assad and a series of discussions with Ministers on key development priorities for the country.The Aga Khan's discussions with President Al-Assad touched on a range of issues but focused on specific areas in which institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) could expand its activities.'Our very fruitful discussions, ' said the Aga Khan, 'will now enable us to concentrate resources where the AKDN's experience can address priority needs identified in co-operation

Interview of H.H. The Aga Khan-2001-11-08


LBC: Good evening your Highness, we are honoured that you are giving us an interview for the (LBC) channel. Well, we came to Aleppo because you are here, for a Syrian visit. But of course, there is an occasion; there was the ceremony of the Award for Architecture. You said in your speech, which I personally liked very much on many points, we'll talk about it later, you said in your speech that you consider the Aleppo citadel, and I am not sure I am translating accurately what you said, that you consider it as a personal quest to take place in history and in the heritage.

AK: Yes….

Entrevue Originale en Francais: LBC-2001-11-08


LBC: Bonsoir Votre Altesse, nous sommes honorés que vous nous donniez un entretien pour la chaîne. Bon, nous sommes venus à Alep parce que vous êtes là, pour un séjour syrien. Mais bien sûr qu'il y a une occasion, il y avait la cérémonie de la remise du prix de l'architecture.

Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan-2001-10-31


Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan

by Robert Ivy, FAIA Editor in Chief, Architectural Record
(Aiglemont, August 31, 2001)

Robert Ivy: As Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, you lead a religious community that is an important branch of Islam and that resides on four continents. You have personally expressed an affinity for Islamic architecture. How have Muslim traditions and Islamic teaching affected your appreciation for architecture? Which great works of architecture have had special meaning for you?

Exerpts from Speech by Aga Khan, exhibition of Thomas Herzog's work, new architectural Web sites-2002-01-02

The Architectural Review

Speaking in Syria, the Aga Khan called for new links between technology and Islam.

'Syria has demonstrated the power of Islam as a crucible for the spirit and the intellect, transcending boundaries of geography and culture. The Aga Khan celebrated a quarter century of his Awards for Architecture (AR November) at the Citadel in Aleppo late last year.

Aga Khan Meets President Assad and Cabinet Ministers-2001-11-03


His Excellency President Bashar Al Assad this morning held discussions with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims at the People's Palace.

The Aga Khan and members of his delegation also met with Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro, Deputy Prime Minister for Social Services, Dr. Naji Otri, and the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Khaled Ra'ad.

Yo-Yo Ma Performs on the Silk Road for Aga Khan Award-2001-11-06


World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble gave a special performance on the occasion of the presentation ceremony of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. From high atop the Citadel dominating one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and out of its ornate Throne Room, the enchanting melodies of Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Ravel, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Kayhan Kalhor this evening recreated an age-old memory of the interaction of cultures for which the Silk Road is remembered.

2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Ceremony-2001-11-06


At a ceremony held in Syria at the historical Citadel of Aleppo, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the nine recipients of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and presented a special Chairman's Award to the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The occasion completed the eighth cycle of the programme, which has a triennial prize fund of US$ 500,000, making it the world's largest architectural award. The Award programme will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2003.

Aga Khan and President Assad Agree on Future Collaboration-2001-11-10


His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today concluded his eight-day visit to Syria with a second round of extensive discussions with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa Miro also signed a Framework Development Agreement between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Syria. The Agreement will facilitate the effective functioning and optimum utilisation of the human and financial resources that the AKDN would mobilise for Syria. It also establishes an AKDN Representation Office in Damascus.

Aga Khan Calls for Freedom in the Civilisation Debate-2001-11-06


A bustan whose glory would stem from the value and legitimacy of the pluralism of the infinite manifestations of culture in the human community."

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, this evening used the metaphor of an orchard to symbolise the intellectual space that offers hope and optimism in the face of "the many issues and pressures facing Islamic countries and communities."

Agha Khan / Speech-2001-11-09


The Spiritual Leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, Prince Kareem Agha Khan highly appreciated what he has seen in Syria of aspects of tolerance, fraternity and the joint living between the different groups.

During a meeting with mass of citizens in Tartous today, he noted that the basis which the Agha Khan foundation for development would depend on during cooperation with the Syrian institutions was put on.

'' Islam imposes on the individual to balance between the spiritual life and the financial life and his efforts have to be based on the values of Islam.'' the Prince added.

Aga Khan / meetings-2001-11-04


Prince Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, met yesterday evening with MM. Mohammad al-Imadi, Minister of the Economy and External Trade, Nasser Qaddour, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Iyad al-Chatti, Minister of Health, Hassan Richeh, Minister of Higher Education, et Mohammad Moufdi Seifo, Minister of State for the Affairs of the Council of Ministers.

The discussion touched on the cooperative relations between Syria and the Aga Khan Institution for Development and the projects that are planned for implementation in Syria.

Prince Aga Khan visits the Mosque of the Umayyads-2001-11-04


Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims currently visiting Syria - visited the Grand Mosque of Damascus and the Mosque of the Umayyads today, where he was welcomed in particular by the Minister of Wakfs (Islamic goods).

Prince Aga Khan visited the different parts of the Mosque and came to know its history and the recent restoration work done in the Mosque, on recommendation of the [former?] President Hafez al-Assad.

Khaddam receives Prince Karim Aga Khan-2001-11-04


This evening, M.Abdel Halim Khaddam, Vice President of the Republic, received Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims.

The discussion touched on the importance of the study of Islamic culture and heritage, as well as the strengthening of cooperation between the peoples of the Muslim world.

Prince Aga Khan had met today with the Mufti of the Republic, Shaikh Ahmad Kiftaro and visited the Mosque of the Umayyads.

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