ABHAIF & National Council on US Arab Relations ink MoU

 28 May 2017 - 1:19

ABHAIF & National Council on US Arab Relations ink MoU
ABHAIF Chairman H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah and Dr John Duke Antony, Founding President and CEO of the National Council on US Arab Relations, at the ceremony. Pic: Salim Matramkot / The Peninsula

By Huda NV / The Peninsula

Aimed at enhancing global awareness about the Arab world, the Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Foundation For Energy And Sustainable Development (ABHAIF) signed an MoU with the National Council on US Arab Relations, recently.
The agreement signed by H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman, ABHAIF, and Dr John Duke Antony, Founding President and CEO of the National Council, eyes cooperation between two parties in the fields of development, boosting cooperation in various sectors of common concerns, exchanging information and experiences to continue cooperation and coordination.
The MoU also aims at easing the jobs of researchers and creating opportunities to them to utilise the available scientific facilities as per the rules and regulations and system followed by both parties. “Through the agreement, we aim at raising the awareness about Arab world. Currently, the Arabs and the Muslims must work harder to put themselves in the front. There are extremists in every religion and they are segregating people. Islam is against killing the innocent,” said Al Attiyah “ The MoU gives us strength to do more, create more understanding, and will help creating a more visionary road map for future interest. We will organise workshops, seminars and round tables to discuss issues of mutual interest. We will work on ways to convince the public about our culture and traditions. We will work on this challenge, establish a methodology and methods to showcase who we are,” he said.
Al Attiyah Foundation is the first think-tank of its kind in the Middle East. As per MoU, books, publications and journals and research works issued by both organisations will be shared with each other. The move aims at strengthening relation between two organisations in the field of energy, sustainable development, exchange of knowledge and scientific and social activities.
Founded in 1983, the National Council on US-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organisation dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world.
“Over the last few years in US, the level of misunderstandings and misrepresentation of the Arabs have grown. Each day, Arabs are seen as an object to be manipulated, controlled influenced and rejected. This is dangerous and is rooted in ignorance,” said Dr Anthony. “However, through education and sharing information, we have a better understanding of the Arabs. Understanding Arab culture and principles, people say has made me a better human being. So through this agreement we aim to widen the reach and understanding of the Arab and Islamic culture and tradition.”
From its offices in Washington, the National Council works with sister organisations to share resources and maximise effectiveness. The council has played a leading role in convening regular meetings of the heads of a dozen Arab-US relations organisations devoted to sharing information, discussing strategies, avoiding duplication of effort, and identifying and pursuing opportunities for greater inter-organisational cooperation.