Published — Wednesday 10 October 2012
Last update 12 October 2012 4:09 pm
Berlin: In the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation, and Mayor of Berlin Claus Wowereit, a handing-over ceremony of the Award in its fifth year was held Monday in Berlin.
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that this ceremony resulted from close friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and Germany and joint keenness of the two leaderships to achieve continuous progress of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries as well as effective coordination about common issues.
The Prince conveyed to the audience the greetings of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his great appreciation of the Federal Republic of Germany and its role in enriching translation movement and human cultural dialogue, adding, ‘ The King has given special attention to this global award and its development which keeps abreast with his human initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, and promotes dialogue among civilizations according to various knowledge frameworks which are open toward more rapprochement and understanding to serve a culture of peace emanating from complete belief in the importance of translation in achieving rapprochement between peoples.
The Prince noted that the award is one of the bridges of intellectual and cultural communication between the world cultures, and aims to disseminate knowledge to promote the principles of mutual understanding and common human values for a bright future for this generation and future generations. He stressed the Kingdom’s welcome of all hands extended for tolerance and dialogue and its seeking for stability in all fields which yield fruitful results for the development of peoples.
In his speech, the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit expressed his happiness over hosting the award in Berlin for honoring translators who embody the creativity of authors and transfer it to other civilizations.
He praised what he saw during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last March and the development of the Kingdom in various fields, noting that a large economic conference to increase Saudi-German cooperation in the field of energy and health will be organized.
The Mayor also commended the positive impact on the German people through the Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces Through the Ages held in Berlin Museum which shed light on the Kingdom’s history.
For his part, Adviser at the Royal Court, General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library and Member of the Award’s Board of Trustees Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar expressed in his speech his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his patronage of the projects of King Abdulaziz Public Library, especially this international award; also thanking Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for patronizing this meeting and supporting its activities.
Then prizes were handed over to the winners of the Award for translation from different languages.
The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi and a number of German senior officials.