India-Arab cultural week to start Tuesday

December 1st, 2008 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and League of Arab States Secretary General Amre Moussa will jointly inaugurate a six-day cultural event Tuesday, being held here to celebrate the age-old relations between India and the Arab world.The Arab league chief, who arrived in Delhi Sunday, will hold talks with Mukherjee Tuesday morning and later call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The event, India-Arab Partnership Forum, will have a two-day roundtable session starting Tuesday, where academics and experts from India will discuss historical ties and the future of relations between the sub-continent and the Arab world.

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts will host an Arab fine arts exhibition as part of the event, while nearly 150 award-winning films will be screened in a film festival Dec 4-6.

For the six days, stalls will be set up in the lawns of the host organisation, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, to showcase Arab handicrafts.

In the evenings, there will be performances from Arab cultural troupes, including from the Cairo Opera House Modern Dance Theatre.

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