Flashback: Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with John Kerry, as President-Elect Joe Biden Names Former Secretary of State as Special Climate Envoy

Prepared and compiled by MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher/Editor BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

John Kerry Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his thanks after French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault awarded him the Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur, the second-highest level of the French award, during a ceremony on December 10, 2016, at the Quai d’Orsay – the French Foreign Ministry – in Paris, France. The ceremony was attended by His Highness the Aga Kha. See photos below. Photo: US State Department / Public Domain.

John Kerry who served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state has been named by President-elect Joseph R. Biden as his special envoy for climate. Nicholas Burns, a Harvard professor and a former longtime State Department official who served Republican and Democratic administrations called Mr. Kerry’s appointment a “powerful signal” that will help the United States, the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, start regaining global trust on the issue. In response to the announcement, Kerry tweeted:

In addition to help steer the negotiation of the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, Mr. Kerry initiated the 2013–2014 Israeli–Palestinian peace talks and negotiated landmark agreements restricting the nuclear program of Iran, including the 2013 Joint Plan of Action and the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the following announcement: “Today….the United States, our P5+1 and EU partners, and Iran have taken a measurable step away from the prospect of nuclear proliferation, towards transparency and cooperation.” President Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, however, withdrew the USA from the JCPOA or the Iran deal in May 2018. President Trump lost the November 3, 2020 elections but has yet to concede defeat to President-elect Biden.

John Kerry Iran Nuclear Deal Group Photo
Secretary Kerry posed with his fellow E.U., P5+1, and Iranian counterparts at the Austria Center in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015, for a group photo shortly after the formal announcement of the agreement concluding the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Photo: US State Department / Public Domain.

Mawlana Hazar Imam on Positive Proliferation of Nuclear Energy

His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: Politique Internationale

“We are a long way from the democratization of nuclear energy. Maybe I’m naïve but I advocate another approach, which I call “positive proliferation.” The positive proliferation that I would dearly love to see happen is based on a simple principle: yes to energy, no to arms….Iran could even contribute to the worldwide removal of nuclear energy for military use. That is what I told the Iranians several years ago: “Your history is that of an intellectual nation several thousand years old which has brought to Islam all the richness of its culture and its philosophical thought. Keep following the path that is truly your own and the world will thank you for it.” — His Highness the Aga Khan. Please read complete interview by clicking on The Power of Wisdom.

John Kerry Extends Condolences to Ismailis Following Tragedy in Karachi

Secretary of State John Kerry
John Kerry

On May 13, 2015 a gun attack on a bus in Karachi killed 45 Ismailis and injured 14 others. John Kerry, at the time Secretary of State, issued the following statement on May 14, from Washington DC:

“I strongly condemn the heinous May 13 attack on a bus in Karachi, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of members of the Ismaili community.

“The American people stand in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and with the global Ismaili community on this tragic day. Make no mistake: There is more strength by far in the respect and solidarity that we feel towards one another than there could ever be in any terrorist attack.

“I extend my personal condolences to the families of the victims, and to my dear, esteemed friend His Highness the Aga Khan, who has led the Ismaili community in investing in so many important development and education projects not only in Pakistan, but around the world. We will support efforts to bring all those responsible to justice and stand ready to provide assistance to the investigation of this tragic attack.”

Afghanistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam and John Kerry

Like his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state under President Obama’s first term in office, John Kerry joined Mawlana Hazar Imam and other world leaders in a major conference on Afghanistan in Brussels.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani display sets of prayer beads – which Ghani handles constantly for both religious and arthritis reasons, and a set of which he gave to Kerry – before they meet in Kabul on August 8, 2014, to discuss the ongoing recount of the election results with rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.
Aga Khan and John Kerry Afghanistan Conference Brussels Barakah
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a one-on-one meeting with Prince Karim al-Hussayni Aga Khan IV, the 49th leader of the Shia Ismaili community, in Paris, France, on June 5, 2014. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.
Aga Khan and John Kerry Afghanistan Conference Brussels Barakah
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chats with the Aga Khan, the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis, on October 5, 2016, at the European Commission’s Justus Lipsius Building in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of an international Afghan pledging conference. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani greets the Aga Khan, the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis, on October 5, 2016, at the European Commission’s Justus Lipsius Building in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of an international Afghan pledging conference also attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.
Aga Khan and John Kerry Afghanistan Conference Brussels Barakah
His Highness the Aga Khan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan Photo: AKDN / Anya Campbell.
Aga Khan and John Kerry Afghanistan Conference Brussels Barakah
US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and His Highness the Aga Khan at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. Photo: AKDN / Anya Campbell.
Aga Khan and John Kerry Afghanistan Conference Brussels Barakah
His Highness the Aga Khan, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. Photo: AKDN / Anya Campbell.
Aga Khan and John Kerry Afghanistan Conference Brussels Barakah
Mawlana Hazar Imam and US Secretary of State John Kerry, front row 8th and 9th from right respectively, in a group photo with world leaders at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. Photo: US State Department / Public Domain.

Mawlana Hazar Imam Attends French Ceremony Honouring John Kerry With Grand Officer Award

John Kerry Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur France
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault presents U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur, the second-highest level of the French award, during a ceremony on December 10, 2016, at the Quai d’Orsay – the French Foreign Ministry – in Paris, France. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.
John Kerry Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur France
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his thanks after French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault awarded him the Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur, the second-highest level of the French award, during a ceremony on December 10, 2016, at the Quai d’Orsay – the French Foreign Ministry – in Paris, France. A group of dignitaries, including French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Aga Khan IV, and U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.
John Kerry Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur France
A group of dignitaries, including French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Aga Khan IV, and U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, listen as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault prepares to award U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur, the second-highest level of the French award, during a ceremony on December 10, 2016, at the Quai d’Orsay – the French Foreign Ministry – in Paris, France. Photo and caption: US State Department / Public Domain.

Date posted: November 24, 2020.

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Malik Merchant is the founding publisher/editor of this website, Barakah (2017), as well as two other blogs Simerg (2009) and Simergphotos (2012). Formerly an IT consultant, he now dedicates his time to family projects and his 3 websites. He is the eldest son of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928-2018) and Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant who both served Ismaili Jamati institutions for several decades in Mozambique, Tanzania, Pakistan, the UK and Canada in both professional and honorary capacities as teachers and missionaries. Malik’s daughter, Dr. Nurin Merchant, assists him as an honorary editor of the three websites. She received her veterinary medicine degree with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College (2019, University of Guelph) and now works as a veterinarian.

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3 comments

  1. Such perfect timing for the world to see Mawlana Hazar Imam’s previous interaction with Secretary of State John Kerry, now named as the US envoy for climate. Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing.

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