The Aga Khan on two-day Tanzania visit

Wednesday October 11 2017

President John Magufuli welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan for official talks on October 11, 2017 at State House Dar es Salaam.

President John Magufuli welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan for official talks on October 11, 2017 at State House Dar es Salaam. The Aga Khan is on a two-day visit to Tanzania. PHOTO | STATE HOUSE  

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The spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, His Highness the Aga Khan, arrived in Tanzania on Wednesday for a two-day official visit.

The aircraft carrying the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), touched down at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam at 10am (+3GMT).

Cabinet ministers Hussein Mwinyi (Defence and National Service) and Joyce Ndalichako (Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training) were on hand to receive him.

A special song and the national anthem were played as the Aga Khan disembarked from his aircraft.

He then inspected a guard of honour mounted by members of the Field Force Unit (FFU) before being entertained by traditional dances.

The Aga Khan, who is on the second leg of his East African tour, was expected to hold talks with President John Magufuli at State House in Dar es Salaam.

His visit coincides with the commemoration of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years as the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community.

Jubilees in the Shia Ismaili Muslim tradition have served as opportunities to launch or advance social, cultural and economic development projects.

They include hospitals, schools, universities and financial institutions that serve people of all backgrounds.

AKDN is a global network dedicated to improving the quality of life of all.