Casablanca, October 13 (QNA) – A two-day Arab and Ibero-American meeting for national institutions in charge of protecting human rights was concluded here with a number of recommendations. The recommendations include forming a coordination and follow-up committee with members from Qatar, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Ecuador.
Addressing the event, Chairman of Qatar National Human Rights Committee Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri said the meeting provided a real opportunity to build bridge of contacts in the field of human rights in the two regions, although they are far away geographically, but they possess in common what could be a start for cooperative relations with a positive impact on human rights.
Dr Al Marri said Latin America has been supporting the Arabs and expressed solidarity with the rights of Palestinian and the denunciation of the brutal aggression against the people of Gaza as well as denounced the international silence in support of Israel.
He added the plurality of historical, social and human elements in Latin America as well as the suffering of Latin American nation, as a whole, in terms of looting and stealing its wealth resources over history and the daily struggle for freedom and dignity, is similar to a large extent with that of the Arab nation.
He pointed out that it would not be difficult for the Arab and Ibero-American national institutions to find areas for inter-cooperation and organize events and activities that would contribute to creating awareness among people, especially young people about the rapprochement between the peoples no matter how their cultural backgrounds are different from each other.
Dr. Al-Marri touched on the works of the Second Arab and Latin American Summit to promote trade and economic cooperation that was held in Doha in 2009, and the speech of the president of the Federation of Latin American Michelle Bachelet during that summit when he expressed the desire of Latin American countries to transfer their experiences and achievements to the Arab countries, stressing that this should not be in the field of trade and economy only but should also be in the field of experiences of the two regions in human rights area.
He pointed out that Brazil was the first to launch the idea of a summit between Arab and Latin American countries in 2003, as the Arab-Latin American relations are dated back to more than 500 years. (QNA)