(TAP correspondent Rim Gacem)- «Tunisia’s participation as a guest of honour at the Riyadh International Book Fair 2022 (RIBF) should contribute to strengthening cultural diplomacy,» said Tunisia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and its permanent representative to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hichem Fourati.
An official delegation made up of book professionals, intellectuals and artists is taking part in the (RIBF), which is held from September 29 to October 8, 2022.
«An executive programme, over the next three years, will be soon established under a partnership agreement between the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and its Saudi counterpart,» the diplomat told TAP. This agreement covers the different branches of the cultural sector (arts, cinema, theatre…) and other aspects of cultural cooperation between the two countries.
He said «coordination is underway between the Tunisian diplomatic delegation in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to make this programme a success.»
Saudi Arabia will in turn be the guest of honour at the 56th edition of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), from October 29 to November 5.
The diplomat extended thanks to the Kingdom for its choice to invite Tunisia, which «reaffirms the importance of Tunisian culture and books.»
He stressed that the Tunisian presence in this Fair is reflected in the number of national publishing houses, which evolved from eleven publishers during the 2021 edition to sixteen in the 2022 edition. According to him, no more than 3 Tunisian publishing houses took part in the previous editions.
The ambassador also pointed to the cultural dimension and the interest Tunisia takes in this sector, noting that a large number of the Tunisians residing in Saudi Arabia are teachers.
The Tunisian ambassador in Riyadh is counting on «a strong influx of Tunisian students to the Tunisian pavilion.”
Source: TAP News Agency