President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said India “deeply appreciates” Prince Karim Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for supporting development initiatives in the country.

Kovind met Prince Aga Khan at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and congratulated him on the diamond jubilee of his leadership of the Ismaili community.

“India deeply appreciates the development initiatives Prince Aga Khan is supporting in India and other parts of the world,” Kovind said adding that his “great humility” has been a shining example of goodness for humanity.

“The programmes of AKDN and India’s flagship initiatives complement each other, be it Swacch Bharat, Skill India, heritage conservation, women empowerment or income generation in rural areas,” Kovind said.

The President was happy to note that AKDN has partnered India not only in social sector projects but also in restoration of historic monuments and urban renewal. Kovind said India appreciates AKDN for helping in several restoration projects.