Hun­gar­ian min­is­ter opens book ex­hi­bi­tion, show­cases her­itage

Held at Na­tional Li­brary of Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ben Gar­cia

KUWAIT: An ex­hi­bi­tion of Hun­gar­ian books, pho­tos and films opened at the Na­tional Li­brary of Kuwait (NLK) yes­ter­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion, at­tended by NLK’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Kamel Al-Ab­dul­jalil and the Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­istry’s Min­is­ter of State for Cul­tural and Sci­ence Diplo­macy Ist­van Ij­g­yarto, pro­motes Hun­gar­ian cul­ture, her­itage and tourism.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, the Hun­gar­ian min­is­ter lauded Kuwait-Hun­gary re­la­tions, which have been deep-rooted since the 1960s. “Let me ex­tend our grat­i­tude to­wards the Na­tional Li­brary of Kuwait for host­ing this event and giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the rich­ness of Hun­gar­ian lit­er­a­ture and her­itage through the books the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade do­nated to the li­brary,” he said.

The min­is­ter said the ini­tia­tive is part of a wider Hun­gar­ian cul­tural and diplo­matic ef­fort to present the rich­ness of its cul­tural her­itage through lit­er­a­ture, mu­sic and arts. “Kuwait has a spe­cial place in our con­nec­tion to the Arab world, as Kuwait was the first coun­try in the re­gion to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with Hun­gary. Our re­la­tion­ship has been built on mu­tual re­spect and un­der­stand­ing ever since,” Ij­g­yarto said. The two coun­tries signed a bi­lat­eral cul­tural agree­ment in 1966 and have had reg­u­lar cul­tural ex­changes since then, in­clud­ing vis­its by artists from both sides. “My visit in­cludes iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas in which we can im­prove our co­op­er­a­tion,” he added.

In a press brief­ing at JW Mar­riott Ho­tel in Kuwait City, Hun­gar­ian Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Mi­haly Bayer said the sched­ule of the min­is­ter is very busy. “We are very pleased with the warm wel­come ac­corded to us by var­i­ous min­istries in Kuwait. We met sev­eral rank­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­clud­ing a meet­ing with the deputy min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs, fol­lowed by the open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Li­brary, then a visit to the min­istry of information. Tonight we have a cul­tural pro­gram at Yar­mouk The­ater,” he said.

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti and Hun­gar­ian of­fi­cials pose for a group pic­ture at the Na­tional Li­brary of Kuwait. —Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­istry’s Min­is­ter of State for Cul­tural and Sci­ence Diplo­macy Ist­van Ij­g­yarto leaves a note in the guest­book.

Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­istry’s Min­is­ter of State for Cul­tural and Sci­ence Diplo­macy Ist­van Ij­g­yarto (right) and other of­fi­cials tour the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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