OXFORD, Britain, Oct 24, (KUNA): Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation honored on Saturday His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah by publishing a commemorative book documenting His Highness the Amir’s and the Kuwaiti people’s charitable and humanitarian work. Al-Babtain said, on the sidelines of the Foundation’s 15th session organized at Oxford University, the book which is written in English, Arabic, and French languages comes as part of the foundation’s tradition at such gatherings to honor humanitarian icons for their huge humanitarian efforts and contributions.
After the session, participants watched a documentary film, filmed last September at the UN headquarter when UN Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon honored His Highness the Amir. The documentary showcased Kuwait’s contributions and humanitarian work for those in need around the world. Later, Al-Babtain Foundation also honored renowned US intellectual Noam Chomsky for his extensive efforts, support, and stand with peoples’ rights and struggles against injustice.
The ceremony was attended by senior state officials from around the world, headed by former Turkish president Abdullah Gul. Chairman of the Foundation, poet Abdulaziz Saud Al- Babtain said that terrorism belongs to no religion and that it exploits discrimination and absence of justice. He added that the 15th session comes at a time when the world is suffering from an unprecedented wave of terrorism and devastating civil wars that have led the world to be overwhelmed by refugees. It is our responsibility to combat terrorism and dry up its sources through targeting its roots, he stressed, noting that the phenomenon has reached countries that believed they were far from it. He urged the UN and the major countries to intensify cooperation to stem civil wars and to provide dignified living conditions for the refugees.
Al-Babtain called for freedom for the Palestinian people who are facing “horrible tyranny and hateful racism.” Freedom for the Palestinian people is an ethical challenge to the world’s conscience and a test to the credibility of countries’ respect to human rights, he said. He also expressed pleasure that the event brings together people of various countries, nationalities and faiths under the theme of a “shared world.” Meanwhile, the leading poet said that Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation realized more than quarter of a century ago that bridging the gap and extending bridges among the different spheres is a sacred mission and a top necessity that has to see no delay. In his contribution, Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Rawlins on Saturday stressed the importance of extending bridges among the world’s different cultures in today’s changing world and regional and international challenges.