Iranian born multi-millionaire Mahmoud Khayami, a prominent Muslim who donated one million pounds to the Labour Party is reportedly one of its chief financial supporters.
Khayami, is the former owner of Iran's main automobile company, Iran Khodro, which was nationalised after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Khayami, who for the past 27 years has been resident in Britain, during the 1970s also owned Iran's largest private bank, Bank Sanat va Maaden (The Industrial and Mining Bank). He also owned a series of well-known department stores such as Kurosh (Cyrus the Great).
The Khayami Foundation, one of the tycoon's pet projects, is very active in the area of interreligious dialogue. Two years ago it organised an international conference in the British capital, London, entitled 'Islam - a threat to the West?' The conference was attended by dozens of Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars from all over the world.
The donation from Khayami is one of the largest received by Labour, surpassed only by the 2 million pounds the party received from Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian steel billionaire, and a similar amount given by UK business magnate Lord Sainsbury.
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