The German Role in Developing European Socio-Political Dialogue with the Arab World

The German Role in Developing European Socio-Political Dialogue with the Arab World

  • 19 January 2004

Gunter Mulack said that Germany has traditionally
enjoyed favorable cultural relations with the countries of
the Arab world and is actively engaged in dialogue and
further developing such with the Arab world in a bid
to improve coordination. By promoting dialogue and
understanding, Germany hopes to discourage violence
and terrorism. The Middle East and Europe are close
neighbors; therefore, it is in the interest of both sides to
improve communication and cooperation and to focus
on the mutual challenges ahead, which can be done
bilaterally or multilaterally through the EU and the GCC.
The speaker noted that there are a number of steps that
must be followed to develop the dialogue between Arabs
and Germany. In response to the offer of closer economic
and political cooperation from the EU, the partner
countries in the Arab world should commit themselves
to a process of modernization and civil development. To
meet the challenges, the establishment of an authentic,
broadminded and enlightened, knowledge-based society
is critical. In addition, the promotion of cultural diversity
and pluralism in Arab countries and stronger interaction
with other cultures is a must. The EU and its member
countries could provide further assistance to improve
education and research as a key for sustainable economic
and political development, and to enhance democratic
standards, pluralism and the rule of law. They could also
assist in the media sphere and promote the participation
of women in their societies.

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Monday 19 January 2004

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Monday 19 January 2004

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