Doha: The Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Diplomatic Institute (DI) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aiming at cooperation in the field of organising joint cultural events, scientific research, diplomatic studies, and the exchange of experts and researchers to spread public awareness of various cultural issues.
The agreement was signed by Director General of the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, and Director of the Diplomatic Institute (DI) Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Horr.
On this occasion, the Director-General of Katara expressed his pleasure at signing this joint project between Katara and the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, praising this important partnership that would provide a lot for diplomats, researchers, and students. He noted that the signing of this agreement came at a time when Katara holds the presidency of the Global Public Diplomacy Network (GPDNet), and within the successive achievements of the institution in this regard, whether through its success in attracting many countries from different continents of the world as new members in the network or by adopting a distinct strategy in the electronic aspect by launching an electronic portal that has become a fundamental factor for cultural communication between member states and provides them with many common cultural services under what is known as public diplomacy.
Dr. Al Sulaiti expressed his hope that the agreement would contribute to enabling knowledge exchange and promoting programs, events, and activities in the field of public diplomacy at the regional and international levels, which would highlight the cultural and civilizational aspect of the State of Qatar, whose diplomacy records bright fingerprints and remarkable achievements at the regional and international levels.
For his part, Director of DI Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Horr expressed his hope that the agreement would constitute a general umbrella for the consolidation and closer cooperation between the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) and the Diplomatic Institute, pointing out that the joint project will be the start of a wide range of cultural events and activities, whether through the exchange of experiences and training or organizing events and holding conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and other programs and activities that embody the common vision of the two parties.
He also expressed his hope that the agreement will yield shortly the launch of an ongoing program of cultural activities that will serve the public interested in the issue of public diplomacy, whether inside or outside the State of Qatar.