Palestine 13th International Exhibition kicked off on Thursday, with Kuwait’s participation, in the town of Surda some four kilometers north of Ramallah.
Under the logo, “from nakba to the state,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ashtiah and Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif inaugurated the event, due until September 17, with attendance of Palestinian officials and diplomats.
Speaking after the inauguration ceremony, Ashtiah said, “the exhibition depicts the nationality and culture,” noting that Al-Nakba narrates plight of more than 950,000 Palestinians who had been driven out of their homes. The Israeli occupiers had also stolen Palestinians’ books and placed them in their libraries, he added.
The fair ground hosts four pavilions representing Kuwait, Jordan, Oman and Moroccow. More than 390 publishing houses are partaking in the cultural event.
Saad Al-Enezi, representative of Kuwait’s National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters, and director of the Kuwaiti pavilion, said the Kuwaiti participation is intended to manifest support for the Palestinian activity and spread the distinguished Kuwaiti cultural works to the largest number possible among the Palestinians.
In remarks to KUNA, Al-Enezi said, “We are participating with more than 400 themes from our publications such as Al-Arabi magazine.” He observed that many Kuwaiti issues had been already sold at encouraging low prices.
“Kuwait has always supported Palestine and its cause at all quarters including the cultural sector,” he affirmed, noting that Kuwait participated in last year’s edition of the Palestinian book fair.
Meanwhile, Abdulsalam Al-Atari, the general director of literature, publishing and libraries at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, said in remarks to KUNA, “Kuwait has been present in the Palestinian culture, like its engagement in the political, economic and social issues.”
Source: Kuwait News Agency