Qatar willing to enhance cultural cooperation with China: minister

22:31, May 13, 2010      

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Qatari Culture Minister Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari said Thursday the Gulf Arab emirate is willing to enhance cultural exchange and cooperation with China as part of the efforts to promote bilateral relations.

Al Kuwari made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Chinese Vice Culture Minister Ouyang Jian, who is heading a delegation to the emirate.

Al Kuwari said Qatar and China have seen their cooperation in various sectors including politics, economy and culture in the past years.

He expressed the hope that with efforts from both sides, the exchanges and cooperation in the cultural field will be injected new momentum, which will in turn facilitate the all-round cooperation between the two countries.

Echoing Al Kuwari's view, Ouyang Jian said bilateral exchanges and cooperation in culture have been frequent, which plays an important role in helping the two people to know each other's tradition and custom and cement their friendship.

China is ready to work with Qatar to bring bilateral cultural cooperation to a new height, the Chinese vice minister said.

The Qatari capital Doha this year houses the rotating Arab Capital of Culture, an initiative by the Arab League to celebrate the Arab culture and is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s global Cultural Capitals Program.

Dancers from China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region will come to Doha at the end of this month to stage their performance as part of the Arab culture capital celebrations.



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