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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 01:24 GMT

Qatar- Political differences should not affect cultural events


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali (pictured) stressed that cultural activities should not be linked to political differences, as culture should be available to all because it contributes to the rapprochement between peoples.

In remarks yesterday, the Minister stressed that the State of Qatar's approach in dealing with cultural and sports affairs was characterised by the spirit and morals of the people of Qatar, away from political differences with the countries which imposed the siege on the State of Qatar.

He pointed that culture and sports are considered to be means of bringing people together rather than doing them apart, adding that Qatari culture is based on solid foundations that bear the moral of Arab and Islamic civilization.

In response to a question from Qatar News Agency (QNA) about the impact of the siege on Qatar in the volume of international participations at the Doha International Book Fair, which will begin its 28th session on November 30 next, the Minister said that the world of culture and book is a global thing that does not depend on the reluctance of one country or another.

However, we emphasize that our doors are open to everyone, including the siege countries, to participate in either the Doha International Book Fair or other cultural events. 'We no longer have a vacancies for participants, he said adding that the signing up for all the exhibition's pavilions has been closed. 'Many publishers are currently contacting us to participate in the exhibition, and we apologize to them that the participants have absorbed all the exhibition pavilions, he explained.

'We are thinking about canceling some activities of the Ministry of Culture to allow participation for a number of other institutions, he said, adding that the Doha Book Fair will be full of activities and surprises this year, notably holding the 2nd Qatar Youth Forum, in addition to many cultural and intellectual events.

As for the upcoming cultural events, the Minister said that the ministry's strategy in cultural affairs has been finalised and the appropriate working team has been prepared to start a series of cultural events soon.

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