(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday patronised the opening of the US-Islamic World Forum aiming to explore opportunities to strengthening cooperation between the Islamic world and the United States of America.
The opening ceremony of the Forum at Conrad Hotel in New York City was attended by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Annika Soder; Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Yusuf Garaad Omar; and High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations and Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Forum, Nassir bin Abdulaziz Al Nasser; along with a host of senior officials and experts, parliamentarians, academics, opinion leaders, businessmen, economists and media personnel from the United States and the Muslim world, QNA reported yesterday.
The Emir met a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers and senior officials, guests of the US-Islamic World Forum at its headquarters in New York city yesterday.
The Forum has been working to build bridges of understanding between the US and the Islamic world and create a strong network of relations between the US and Islamic leaders at all levels of government and civil society.
Commenting on the event, H E Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Government Communication Office Director, yesterday, tweeted: 'The Forum is building bridges between the Muslim world and the US by discussing the challenges being faced by Muslims in a world of massive political upheaval. He added that the Forum aims to create global solidarity in confronting the world's challenges such as terrorism and the refugee crisis.
Talks during the meeting covered a number of issues of mutual concern, mainly the most important topics listed on the Forum's agenda.
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met a number of Their Excellencies the ministers and senior officials, guests of the US-Islamic World Forum at its headquarters in New York city yesterday. The Emir met with State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Annika Soder; Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Yusuf Garaad Omar; and High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilisations and Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Forum, Nassir bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser; Head of the Turkish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Taha Ozhan, and Executive Vice-President of the Brookings Institution, Martin Indyk.
The 13th annual US-Islamic World Forum was convened this year under the theme 'Crisis and Cooperation.
The two-day forum will touch on several issues related to the relations between the US and the Islamic world, ending civil wars in the Middle East and North Africa region and rebuilding afterwards, the future of pluralism, citizenship, and religion in the Middle East.
In addition to issues related to economy, security and counterterrorism, human development, refugees and cities, and the global response, science and technology, and the role of the press and media were also discussed.
The Forum will serve as an opportunity to strengthen the relations between the Islamic world and the US by correcting misconceptions about the Islamic world and discussing current issues, in particular the vision of the State of Qatar, highlighting the bright face of Islam and Muslims and redress the stereotypical or false concepts. Sheikh Saif bin Ahmad pointed out that 'the US Islamic Forum is organised for the first time in the US, bringing together a selection of world leaders and intellectuals.
The 12 editions of the US-Islamic World Forum were all held in Doha, with the exception of the one that was held in Washington in April 2011.