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Arab Week is inaugurated at Mexico's Senate

Giselle Rodríguez| El Universal
14:02Tuesday 07 April 2015

The inauguration was attended by Mexican Senators as well as Ambassadors from several Arab countries. (Photo: Giselle Rodríguez / EL UNIVERSAL )

The event includes a series of conferences as well as a photo and film exhibit.

The "Arab Week", an event organized by the Asia-Pacific Foreign Affairs Committee, was inaugurated today at Mexico's Senate on occasion of the 70th. Anniversary of the Arab League. 

Senate President Miguel Barbosa Huerta, Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto de Icaza, and Sen. Teófilo Torres Corzo, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Foreign Affairs Committee, welcomed His Excellency Mr. Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat, Ambassador of Kuwait to Mexico and Dean of the Council of Arab Ambassadors,  as well as the Ambassadors of Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan and the Chargés d'Affaires of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who also attended the event. 

In his speech, Senator Torres talked about the Arab heritage in Mexican culture and added that the relation with the Arab world is of utmost importance for Mexico, while H.E. Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat invited President Enrique Peña Nieto to visit the region and reiterated Kuwait's interest in collaborating in mutually beneficial projects. 

The Arab Week includes a photo exhibition and a series of conferences on April 8 about the economic, tourist, cultural and investment relationship between Mexico and the Arab countries, and about Palestine and peace in the Middle East. 

On April 9 five Arab films will be exhibited at the Senate, such as "Etz Limon", "The Color of Olives" and "Caramel". The event is public and free, but registration at the Senate's Asia Pacific Commission is mandatory.

Nour Marruecos, an ensemble directed by Moroccan musician Hicham Billouch, participated in the inauguration accompanied by Giselle Habibi, a Mexican belly dancer and singing student, Antón Sankiem and his dabke troupe and darbuka player José Elías.