Apr 17, 2008

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Monday, 14 April 2008
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Governor`s private office in Santa Monica, California. Photo: Gary Otte
This morning, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California at the Governor’s private office in Santa Monica. This was followed by an intimate lunch hosted by the Governor and First Lady Maria Shriver at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
The lunch began with the Nashid al-Imamah which was followed by a performance of the US National Anthem by renowned Los Angeles singer Angel Blue. Following the meal, guests were entertained by the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, representing the best of the Los Angeles Opera.
During the luncheon Governor Schwarzenegger praised the Aga Khan Development Network and Mawlana Hazar Imam’s efforts to alleviate poverty, and promote architecture and culture. In his remarks, Hazar Imam thanked the Governor for his hospitality and stressed the need for the strengthening of human resources, which contribute towards the building of a civil society that supports fragile democracies.
In the evening, Mawlana Hazar Imam was the guest of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a dinner at Getty House, the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles.


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