RIYADH: Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the board of directors of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, on Tuesday inaugurated the photography exhibition in Poland to commemorate the 90th anniversary of King Faisal’s visit to the country in 1932.
Jacek Popiel, rector of Jagiellonian University, and a number of officials, diplomats, intellectuals and experts from various cultural fields and media attended the event.
Through the cooperation between KFCRIS and Jagiellonian University, the exhibition will be held at the campus of Jagiellonian University in Krakow until Oct. 21.
This important exhibition commemorates King Faisal’s visit on May 27, 1932, where he was received by Poland’s Marshal Jozef Pilsudski and President Ignacy Mościcki, showcasing photos that emphasize the depth of the bilateral relationship between Saudi Arabia and Poland.
In the conference that took place with the launch of the exhibition, Popiel expressed the depth of the bilateral relationship between the two countries, with Poland being one of the Kingdom’s major trading partners.
Al-Faisal emphasized that Saudi Arabia and Poland share an earnest desire to develop relations and enhance joint efforts to achieve growth and prosperity for people in both countries, as well as in the Arab and European communities.
He said: “The greatest duties of the institutions concerned with research, intellectual activity, and culture, are to make the world a welcoming place for decent life replete with hope for everyone.”
Al-Faisal called for concerted efforts between the Institute of Oriental Studies at Jagiellonian University and KFCRIS, as well as research centers, universities, and other research bodies both in Saudi Arabia and Poland, to enhance the exchange of knowledge, improve scientific research in these institutions, and achieve research goals in the two countries.
He also stressed that KFCRIS welcomes cooperation with Arab Studies departments in Polish universities and provides necessary assistance, and that both parties are responsible for effective coordination and implementation of the desired cultural exchange.
He also suggested that the encounter of Arab and Polish minds may serves as an example to be emulated for other cultural cooperation arrangements in the near future.