An initiative to create bridges of understanding and solve global problems such as terrorism:Reform comes from within [Archives:2004/751/Front Page]

July 1 2004

In an initiative to support dialogue among world nations and with the objective of developing peaceful methods in solving global problems such as terrorism, injustice, conflicts, etc., Dr. Abdulkareem Al-Iryani inaugurated the first session of the Cultural Brides Forum activities on Sunday 27 June in Sanaa with a session on reform. In the roundtable discussion held at the Taj Sheba Hotel, tens of prominent personalities representing Yemen and various countries of the region and the world attended to endorse the idea of dialogue and to seek solutions together.
The session entitled “Reform between international initiatives and national objectives” was considered by participants an opportunity to exchange ideas between Yemeni intellectuals and senior representatives of the participant countries about the right ways for reform. As a conclusion, all participants agreed that reform should come from within and not be imposed from outside.
Among those attending and participating in the discussion were the ambassadors of Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and other countries along with representatives of the World Bank, the European Union, and the Yemeni parliament, plus several intellectuals.
“This is an attempt to express our desire to reach out to the rest of the world to say we want dialogue and we need to share ideas and respect each other to live in a world of tolerance and understanding.” Dr. al-Iryani said.
At the end of the event, the General Secretary of the forum, Mr. Jamal Al-Awadhi told Yemen Times that the event received overwhelming attention, especially by representatives of the diplomatic community who expressed desire to participate in other activities related to the topic of discussion. “We h ave come to conclude that each of the main topics of the first session could indeed have its own roundtable discussion. We are eager to hold similar activities in the near future to promote the ideas of tolerance, dialogue and understanding.” he said.