PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
(1961 – 1963)
A MEMORANDUM PREPARED FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY PRIOR TO HIS MEETING WITH HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN
WATCH A SHORT 26 SECOND VIDEO CLIP OF HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN AT THE OVAL OFFICE
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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
(1981 – 1989)
An anecdote from President Reagan’s stay at His Highness the Aga Khan’s mansion in Geneva
In the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan was about to hold his first ever meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in Switzerland, the President was staying at a fine residence outside Geneva on the shore of Lake Geneva. The villa belonged to Prince Karim Aga Khan. The Prince, the Begum and their three children, Princess Zahra and her brothers Prince Rahim and Prince Hussain, had moved out so that the President could use the house.
Prince Hussain Aga Khan had some gold fish that he adored and requested the President that they be fed. And one morning the President went into the little boy’s room, and one goldfish was dead. It was lying on the bottom of the tank. The President then said to Donald Regan, his Chief of Staff, to find a replacement that would exactly look like the one that died. The members of the President’s staff were urgently dispatched to find a replacement. The goldfish replaced, it was time to meet Mikhail Gorbachev.
At the end, the mood was warm. Reagan left Geneva with his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and with an agreement: a “nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” The world breathed a sigh of relief. There was another communiqué – to Hussain Aga Khan and his parents:
Dear Friends, On Tuesday I found one of your fish dead in the bottom of the tank. I don’t know what could have happened but I added two new ones, same kind, I hope this was alright. Thanks for letting us live in your lovely home. Ronald Reagan.
PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. CLINTON
(1993 – 2001)
PRIME MINISTER PIERRE E. TRUDEAU
(1968.04.20 – 1979.06.03; 1980.03.03 – 1984.06.29)
HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN AT THE Official State Funeral of
former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau
(18 October 1919 – 28 September 2000)
PRIME MINISTER BRIAN M. MULRONEY
(1984.09.17 – 1993.06.24)
PRIME MINISTER JEAN J. CHRETIEN
(1993.11.04 – 2003.12.11)
It is an honour to welcome His Highness the Aga Khan to Canada…. In his capacity as a religious leader and through the development network that bears his name, the Aga Khan has contributed significantly to the advancement and stability in Asia and Africa while promoting Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith that teaches compassion. — Prime Minister Jean Chretien, February 2, 2002
PRIME MINISTER PAUL E. MARTIN
(2003.12.12 – 2006.02.05)
PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN E. HARPER
A VIDEO FROM THE PARLIAMENT OF CANADA WITH THE PRIME MINISTER’S REMARKS ON THE RECOMMENDATION FOR HONORARY CITIZENSHIP TO HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN
Ismailis now number roughly 70,000 in Canada. Honourary citizenship is an extraordinary recognition that is above and beyond the established system of honours, such as the Order of Canada. It is a political decision conferred upon a recipient by joint resolution of the Houses in Parliament.
Conferring honourary citizenship upon His Highness the Aga Khan is a recognition of His Highness’s leadership as a champion of international development, pluralism and tolerance around the world and of his remarkable leadership as Imam of the worldwide Ismaili community. — Prime Minister Stephen E. Harper
On June 19, 2009, our House of Commons voted unanimously to bestow Honorary Canadian citizenship on his Highness, the Aga Khan. The motion introduced by our government and supported by all parties recognized,
And I quote, that:
“…the Aga Khan, leader of the worldwide Ismaili Muslim community, is a beacon of humanitarianism, pluralism and tolerance throughout the world; …the Aga Khan is also actively involved in humanitarian and development projects throughout Asia and Africa; …[and] Canadians are grateful for the Aga Khan’s efforts in Afghanistan where today the Aga Khan Development Network is a vital partner in our efforts to secure and improve the lives of Afghan citizens.”
To which I would only add, that the motion also recognizes the exquisite symmetry between your values and Canadian values, and our deep appreciation for the extraordinary contributions you are making to Canada and the world through the delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, the global centre for pluralism and the Aga Khan Museum.
It is therefore my great honour and pleasure, on behalf of the Government and people of Canada, to formally present you today with that honorary Canadian citizenship.
Welcome to our home and native land, your Highness. It is now and forever your home as well – Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada
Date posted: Monday, October 22, 2012.
Date updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 (Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau funeral photo)
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