“I have always felt at home in Portugal, and now ever more so since the signing in 2015 of an historic Agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and Portuguese Republic to establish the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in this country – an important milestone in the 1,400-year history of the Ismaili Imamat.
While we work in 30 countries, we hold an enduring affinity for Portugal and its institutions, its history and its people. And the historic Palacete Henrique Mendonca will become the most fitting host for the Seat
… Our commitment to Portugal reflects our deep respect for this country and our deep affection for its people.”
– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
His Highness the Aga Khan delivers his acceptance remarks upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa as Dr. Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Patron of the Doctorate looks on. (image credit:
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