December 24, 2023

Saudi delegate to the United Nations: “Arabic” is the language of peace

Saudi delegate to the United Nations: “Arabic” is the language of peace...and an essential part of Vision 2030

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The Saudi delegate to the United Nations partnered with the King Salman Global Complex. They celebrated the 2023 World Arabic Language Day together. This annual event, held on December 18th, took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, sponsored the event. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the King Salman Global Complex for Arabic Language.

The activities persisted until December 20th, engaging a diverse group of UN figures and top-tier diplomats. Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, the Saudi delegate to the United Nations, emphasized Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Arabic, recognized as a language of peace. He highlighted its integral part in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, focusing on cultural integration and enriching the civilizational legacy within the UN, thus enhancing the goals of diplomacy, peace missions, and general development.

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Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Washmi, Secretary-General of the King Salman Global Complex for Arabic Language, remarked on this occasion: “Our celebration today of 50 years since Arabic was recognized as an official UN language aligns with Saudi Arabia’s efforts and the leadership’s attention to Arabic and its global dissemination. This event, generously sponsored by the Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the King Salman Global Complex, stems from Saudi Arabia’s rich linguistic heritage.”

He added, “Our languages bring us closer, and our diverse tongues are a testament to the divine in the universe. Arabic, which we honor today, is a language of civilization that has penetrated various cultures. Its aesthetic texts date back over 1500 years. It holds significant presence in Islam, with the Qur’an revealed in Arabic. It’s an official language in many countries, a second language in others, and has been used in literature, encyclopedias, and records of numerous civilizations. Many star names, mathematical terms, and medicines retain their Arabic names.”

He noted that the Complex actively promotes Arabic worldwide through its programs, courses, journals, and language channels. Recently, it launched the international Arabic language test “Hamza” and the contemporary Arabic dictionary “Majma Al-Riyadh”. Next month, it will inaugurate centers for teaching Arabic, making the Complex’s programs and activities accessible to specialists, learners, and Arabic enthusiasts.

Source: Okaz

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