THE Aga Khan is touring the US as he marks the diamond jubilee of his leadership as the imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
Last Sunday (18), at a lunch hosted in honour in Houston, Texas governor Greg Abbott paid tribute to the Aga Khan’s leadership and the achievements of his organisation in improving healthcare and education for people in developing countries.
“We have a state motto – and that motto is friendship. This is a friendship that has lasted many years and that we expect will continue many years into the future,” the governor said.
The Aga Khan said: “Civil society is a key resource for development. Everything we do together to invest and enhance the capacity of civil society is a blessing that you give to the populations in those countries.”
A military honour guard and saber salute by the Texas A&M Ross volunteers greeted the Aga Khan upon his arrival in Texas. Secretary of state Rolando Pablos, city of Houston chief of protocol Deanea LeFlore, and Sugar Land mayor Joe Zimmerman welcomed the Aga Khan and the mayor presented him with a Key to the City of Sugar Land.
Last Wednesday (14), Georgia governor Nathan Deal presented the Aga Khan with a state proclamation in recognition of his philanthropic activities.