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Sultan Al Qasimi: The return to culture is a return to reason

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah affirmed that international events such as Paris International Book Fair bring together devotees to culture and knowledge.

Sheikh Sultan’s words came while delivering a speech Friday, before an audience who gathered to witness the launch of His Highness’ French version of his Book “Under the Flag of Occupation”.

In his speech, His Highness Ruler of Sharjah thanked the audience for their presence at the event and stressed that the book, from the very look at the cover, expresses its content adding that Al Qawasim’s real flag was replaced with another imposed by the occupation power, a move that then necessitated that all decisions had been taken at gun’s point.

He added that the book is one in a series of books that have not yet been translated into French such as “The Conflict between Power and Trade in the Gulf”, “Al Qawasim and the British Aggression”, “Tale of A City”, “Sharjah Between Protection and Colonialism”, “Sard Al That” which is translated into French and “Hadith Al Thakira”. He expressed hope that the whole collection would be translated into French at the Paris International Book Fair next year.

His Highness went on to emphasise his passion for culture and his association with all that nurtures mind and serves humanity, saying that his personal library is rich in French books which express French passion for culture especially those which dealt with Egypt and its architectural, historical and environmental traeasures as well as its humanitarian, literary, thought and artistic legacy.

His Highness concluded his speech saying, “We hope that that true cooperation returns between the various cultures to serve humanity instead of personal or regional interests.” He thanked the audience for accepting the invitation saying that return to culture is a return to reason.

The launching ceremony saw a short documentary on the various topics of the book displayed in an innovative and interesting method.

Then, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah signed copies of the French version of “Under the Flag of Occupation” Book which he dedicated to the audience.