Emirates News Agency – SIBF brings the world together: Swedish Ambassador

SHARJAH, 10th November, 2022 (WAM) — Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), received and welcomed Liselott Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden to the United Arab Emirates, at the 41st International Book Fair of Sharjah (SIBF) and discussed exploring possibilities to enhance cooperation and cultural exchange between the emirate and the cities of Sweden.

During the Ambassador’s visit to Sharjah, both sides stressed the importance of culture in enhancing cooperation and communication and forging close ties between nations.

SBA Chairman Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri said: “Sharjah’s emphasis on cross-cultural collaboration as a tool to strengthen ties and advance collaboration with diverse cultures and countries around the world is consistent to the vision and guidance of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al. Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The values ​​instilled by literature and the arts in the communities are difficult to eradicate. Therefore, we are keen to build bridges between different countries of the world through knowledge, arts and books, as these have a lasting impact on communities. »

Al Ameri further briefed the Swedish Ambassador on the achievements of the SBA, including the organization of the world’s largest book fair, which is witnessing a massive influx of visitors of all nationalities in its ongoing 41st edition. The President also briefed the Ambassador on the strengths and diversity of the emirate’s artistic and cultural landscape and the SBA’s unwavering efforts to advance the publishing industry regionally and internationally.

Liselott Andersson said: “I am delighted with the Swedish participation in the annual book fair. I believe the SIBF is a great platform that brings the world together and it is one of the most international ‘places’ I have ever visited!

The Swedish ambassador expressed her wish to strengthen cooperation between Swedish institutions and the SBA, including the Nobel Foundation, a private Swedish institution that manages the Nobel Prizes, noting that the Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021, was hosted at the SIBF in 2021.

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