Saturday, 04 December 2021 11:17 GMT

Qatar and Turkey to further enhance cultural ties

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) In another step to enhance relations, Qatar and Turkey seek strengthening cooperation in areas of culture and libraries. 

This was discussed during a meeting between Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, H E Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari and the visiting Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism     H E Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. 

“During the visit, we discussed many topics to enhance relationship with our library and Turkish libraries in general,” said Dr. Al Kawari.

“Next Wednesday, we are going to sign an agreement between Qatar National Library and Uma Library in Ankara. This is one of the newest libraries and a very important one which opened a few years ago,” he added.

Following the discussions H E Ersoy also donated books to the Qatar National Library. Books in English, Arabic and Turkish languages included titles such as 'From Empire to Republic,' 'Ataturk,' and 'The Ottomans in Qatar.' 

Speaking at the event, the Turkish Minister stressed the depth in historical relations between Qatar and Turkey. He said that Turkey seeks to strengthen and develop cultural relations with Qatar, especially through libraries.

“There exist historic relations between the two countries, we want to give additional value to the existing relations through culture and heritage,” he said. 

Speaking about the importance of books which were donated, he said that books were chosen in a manner that readers in Qatar could get familiar with aspects of Turkey's history.

Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar, H E Mustafa Göksu, and a delegation of Turkish ministers and officials also were present at the event. The delegation also toured the Qatar National Library's different sections and facilities including the Heritage Library. 

Qatar National Library provides people of Qatar with access to over one million books. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage collection, Qatar National Library fosters global insight into the history and culture of the Arabian Gulf region.


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