Europe’s Cultural Capital 2004 congratulates its Arab counterpart [Archives:2004/702/Culture]

January 12 2004
Sanaa	Photo by M. S. Noman
Sanaa Photo by M. S. Noman
Yemen Times Staff

The beautiful Italian coastal city of Genoa, has been chosen to become Europe's Cultural Capital 2004. On this occasion, Archbishop of Genoa, H.E. Tarcisio Bertone congratulated Yemen on the occasion of having its capital selected as the Arab Cultural Capital 2004 and stressed on Europe's sincere commitment to cooperate with the Arab world to build bridges of understanding and love between the people of Europe and Arabs everywhere and continue the cultural dialogue and activities for a better future for the whole region.
In a statement to Yemen Times on Wednesday, Bertone expressed his commitment to establishing twinning between Sana'a and Genoa.
“I am very happy for the twining of the European Cultural Capital 2004 Genoa with Sana'a, which has recently been declared as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World for the year 2004.” he told Yemen Times.
“I convey to Sana'a from Genoa a message of peace and love. I also hope that the message arrives to Sana'a and the Arab people to symbolize our dedication towards building bridges of understanding.” he added.
Mr. Bertone openly welcomed cooperation in all fields between Arabs and Europeans for a better future by saying, “I hope that we can work together for the good of our peoples in European and Arab counties, especially to our children, who are the hope for a better future.” he concluded.

A deserved title for Genoa
The local authorities of Genoa City have declared that the city received the European Cultural Capital 2004 for the city's historical role in promoting cultural exchange between different parts of Europe and the world.
The coastal city served for centuries as an important hub for northern and southern countries of the Mediterranean. Several cultural activities are planned to be held to celebrate this occasion in the city Genoa.