(MENAFN) A high-level cultural delegation from Qatar has recently arrived in Indonesia as part of the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture initiative. The primary objective of this initiative is to facilitate cultural exchanges and foster stronger bilateral relations between the two nations across various sectors of the creative economy. This visit signifies an important milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance cultural cooperation between Qatar and Indonesia.
Indonesia holds a significant position in the annual cultural exchange program initiated by Qatar Museums Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani back in 2012. As the 11th partner country of this program, Indonesia represents the first Southeast Asian nation to participate in this prestigious cultural exchange. The inclusion of Indonesia highlights the growing importance of Southeast Asia in the global cultural landscape.
Leading the Qatari delegation is H.E. Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, along with representatives from various cultural institutions in Qatar. Their visit is also accompanied by H.E. Fawziya Edrees Salman Al Sulaiti, Qatar's Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.
Dr. Al Kawari emphasized the belief that culture serves as a powerful tool for uniting people, fostering dialogue, and strengthening connections between nations. Guided by Qatar's National Vision 2030, the aim is to promote cultural exchange and dialogue among global communities. To achieve this, Qatar launched the "Years of Culture" initiative a decade ago, focusing on deepening mutual understanding and appreciation between nations and their people.
The presence of the Qatari delegation in Indonesia signifies the commitment of both countries to cultural diplomacy and their shared vision of utilizing culture as a means to bridge gaps, build relationships, and promote a greater understanding among diverse societies. This visit lays the foundation for a fruitful exchange of ideas, experiences, and artistic expressions, further enriching the cultural landscape of both Qatar and Indonesia.
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