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African countries, Katara plan cultural exchanges

African countries, Katara plan cultural exchanges

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
Talks are under way to hold cultural exchanges between African countries and the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara), two African ambassadors to Qatar have confirmed.
South African Ambassador to Qatar HE Faizel Moosa and Kenyan Ambassador to Qatar HE Paddy C Ahenda met General Manager of Katara Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance the cultural ties between Katara and the African continent.
In his speech posted on Katara’s Twitter handle, the Kenyan ambassador, who is also the president of the African Group of Ambassadors, said: “We are trying to organise a cultural exchange between the African countries and Katara, in preparation for the upcoming 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and the FIFA World Cup next year.”
The envoy said the proposed cultural exchange activities would feature various displays, including arts, music and dances, from all corners of Africa.
“We will bring the troupes here to perform so that people in Qatar can have a glimpse of the rich culture of the African continent. The rich cultural heritage will be showcased through art displays, dances and various artifacts that are authentically from Africa,” he added.
He said there will also be stalls to showcase items depicting the traditions of African countries, such as beads, traditional baskets, attires and many more.
The South African ambassador said that the cultural relations between Africa, Qatar and the Middle East date back hundreds of years.
“I think we should to build on the existing relations between Africans and Qataris as we are traditionally very close as Arabs and Africans. I also believe that the cultural platform is a good place for us to begin to understand each other as nations to build a brighter future for the world,” he said.

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