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Paris Summit for the Mediterranean underlines the role of the Anna Lindh Foundation

Paris, 14 July 2008
Ref: ALF/05/08

The Paris Summit for the Mediterranean underlined the role of the Anna Lindh Foundation in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in the final Declaration signed by forty-three Heads of state and governments present during the meeting which was attended by the President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Mr. André Azoulay.

‘The Anna Lindh Foundation will contribute in an effective manner to the cultural dimension of the initiative (Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean), in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations affirms the Declaration, describing the Foundation as a ‘Euro-Mediterranean institution’.

André Azoulay had the opportunity to hold discussions with several leading political figures, including Nicolas Sarkozy, who called the Summit as President of the European Council, Javier Solana, Secretary General of the European Council, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Affairs, Amr Moussa, General Secretary of the Arab League and Hanz-Gert Pottering, President of the European Parliament.

The President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, who attended the Summit accompanied by the Executive Director, Andreu Claret, also met with the Spanish Prime Minster, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani, the President of Slovenia, Janez Jansa, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, as well as the High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations, Jorge Sampaio.

The Final Declaration of the Paris Summit stresses on the 'human and cultural dimensions' of the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as the 'active participation of civil society' in the consolidation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, thus referring directly to key aspects which are at the heart of the Anna Lindh Foundation's programme and action.

During their stay in Paris, the President and the Executive Director of the Foundation attended the launch of the television channel Euronews in Arabic and a conference ‘Femmes traits d’Union de la Méditerranée’ organised by the Terrafemina association. The Executive Director also participated in an exhibition of the Syrian sculptor Mustafa Ali which took place at the Institute of the Arab World and was inaugurated by Mrs. Asma el Assad, First lady of Syria.