Netherlands Ambassador to Kuwait: The Hague Forum Promotes a Culture of Peace Worldwide - Culture, Arts, and Literature
June 11, 2019
Franz Potait, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kuwait, commended the initiative of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation in Kuwait for organizing the World Forum for the Culture of Peace in The Hague, Netherlands, scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday. He highlighted that this Forum has the potential to stimulate a culture of peace worldwide.
In an article published in the news portal " Kuwait Times" on Wednesday, Ambassador Potait stated that artists, writers, musicians, and scholars form a global community that transcends borders and local mentalities, often taking the lead in guiding us towards the path of peace.
He further noted that the study of Arab and Islamic culture has thrived in the Netherlands for centuries, as Dutch traders sailed the seas and sought to learn from other cultures. This led to Leiden, the Dutch city, becoming the natural partner for the Albabtain Foundation in promoting the study of the Arab world.
Regarding the choice of Dr. Abdulaziz Albabtain, Chairman of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, to host the Forum at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Ambassador Potait stated that selecting this historic palace as the venue for a global conference that encourages peace education and focuses on protecting cultural heritage during times of conflict is a significant decision.
Dr. Muhammad Sabah Al-Salem, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, is participating in the second session of the World Forum for the Culture of Peace, themed "Protecting Cultural Heritage: Iraq and Yemen." Additionally, Dr. Hamad Al-Azmi, Minister of Education and Higher Education of Kuwait, is also participating in the conference.
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation in Kuwait is organizing the World Forum for the Culture of Peace at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, in partnership with the International Peace Institute (IPI), headquartered in New York, Leiden University in the Netherlands, the International Red Cross, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Peace Palace in the Netherlands.
The one-day conference will see the participation of political, academic, and cultural figures from around the world, who will discuss several topics, including "Teaching the Culture of Peace" and "Protecting Global Cultural Heritage."