On August 3, Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary General, Head of the Social Affairs Sector at the League of Arab States came to ORI Group for an inspection visit, accompanied by Souad Sayhi, Director of the Culture and Dialogue of Civilizations Department of the League of Arab States, and Amal Afifi, Head of the Arab-Chinese Mechanism for the Cultural Sphere.
The Vice Mayor of Suzhou, Mr. Cha Yingdong, had a friendly meeting with Dr. Haifa at ORI Mansion, jointly participated by the Bureau of International Exchange and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Suzhou Bureau of Culture, Radio and Television, the Propaganda and United Front Work Department of Suzhou Industrial Park, and ORI Group. Vice Mayor Cha Yingdong first welcomed the visit of Dr. Haifa and her party and expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by the Arab side and Suzhou to jointly promote the consensus on cultural and artistic exchanges between China and Arab States. He also pointed out that Suzhou is a famous historical and cultural city with 2,500 years of history and a modern city with robust economic growth. Suzhou has always attached importance to cultural exchanges and cooperation with Arab countries, therefore, the “China-Arab Countries Animation Industry Forum” to be held in Suzhou at the end of August this year will be a great event in the field of Sino-Arab cultural diplomacy and Suzhou will do its best to organise this forum.
Dr. Haifa said that Arab countries value the friendship between China and Arab countries, and hope to maintain each other’s friendship through the beautiful form of animation, and jointly sow the seeds of friendship between China and Arab countries.
The Arab countries will continue to deepen cultural exchanges and cooperation with China, constantly expand the field of exchanges, promote people-to-people communication, and carry forward the traditional friendship between the two sides. Dr. Haifa is full of confidence and expectations for the upcoming Sino-Arab Animation Industry Forum.
During the visit to ORI Group, Dr. Haifa also expressed her approval and gratitude for ORI’s decade of foreign cultural achievements, especially in the cooperation with Arab countries, and encouraged ORI to continue to be a good messenger of Sino-Arab culture, saying that “ORI not only takes animation as an industry but also as a message to children, to youth and to Arab cities”.