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  • President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam at Belém Palace, the official residence of the President of Portugal. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam at Belém Palace, the official residence of the President of Portugal. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • The President of Portugal, His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam during a dinner hosted by the President in Hazar Imam's honour. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    The President of Portugal, His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam during a dinner hosted by the President in Hazar Imam's honour. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • Mawlana Hazar Imam and President de Sousa together with the first five Senior Officials of the Imamat. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    Mawlana Hazar Imam and President de Sousa together with the first five Senior Officials of the Imamat. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking with former Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Amado as the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, looks on. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking with former Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Amado as the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, looks on. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • Mawlana Hazar Imam with Augusto Santos Silva, Portugal's Foreign Minister at the Palácio das Necessidades. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    Mawlana Hazar Imam with Augusto Santos Silva, Portugal's Foreign Minister at the Palácio das Necessidades. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Ismaili Council for Portugal President Rahim Firozali. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Ismaili Council for Portugal President Rahim Firozali. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • AKDN Resident Representative for Portugal Nazim Ahmad greets Mawlana Hazar Imam upon his arrival in Lisbon. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    AKDN Resident Representative for Portugal Nazim Ahmad greets Mawlana Hazar Imam upon his arrival in Lisbon. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
  • Senior Protocol Officer António Barroso welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam to Portugal on behalf of the government. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
    Senior Protocol Officer António Barroso welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam to Portugal on behalf of the government. AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino
Mawlana Hazar Imam in Portugal for first official visit after establishment of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat
TheIsmaili.org
12 May 2016
  • Lisbon, 12 May 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is in Portugal for his first official visit since a landmark agreement establishing the global Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal came into effect.

    Yesterday, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with Foreign Affairs Minister Augusto Santos Silva before meeting with the President of the Portuguese Republic, His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who hosted a private dinner in Hazar Imam’s honour.

    Welcoming Mawlana Hazar Imam to the dinner, the President spoke of the relationship between Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat.

    “What really brings us together is a joint commitment to defend and apply the principles and values that honour the ethical importance of human life, pluralism of societies and respect for the dignity of human beings,” said the President.

    “The values of your civil society are the same values that we defend,” responded Hazar Imam. “We have therefore great commonality in the work we do, not only here in Europe, but in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere.”

    Today, Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to meet with Prime Minister António Costa and the President of Parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues.

    On 3 June 2015, the Ismaili Imamat and the Portuguese Republic entered into an agreement establishing Portugal as the global Seat of the Ismaili Imamat. It was subsequently adopted by the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic and ratified by the President of the Republic, coming into effect in November 2015.

    Building on a long relationship and a series of earlier accords dating back to the first Protocol of Cooperation signed in 2005, the agreement upholds the promotion of quality of life and the preservation of human dignity, while promoting economic and social development, interfaith dialogue, and the peaceful resolution of conflict as ways of achieving justice and peace.

    At the dinner, Mawlana Hazar Imam introduced the first five Senior Officials of the Imamat, to Portugal’s President: Dr Shafik Sachedina, Head of Community Affairs; Jane Piacentini-Moore, Head of the Department for International Financial Affairs; Ambassador Arif Lalani, Head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs; Nazim Ahmad, Head of the Department of Portugal and other Lusophone Countries and Maitre Laurent Chambaz, Head of the Department for International Legal Affairs.

    Once its restoration is complete, the Henrique de Mendonça Palace will house the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat.