GCC ministers of culture are of one mind on promoting good citizenship among GCC populations through, among other things, holding joint cultural activities to enable GCC youth in particular to be cognizant of their cultural heritages, said a Kuwaiti minister on Thursday.
Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and chairman of the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, indicated to KUNA that some of these activities could be programs for children and the young, forums and symposiums on cultural trends in the GCC region, and art exhibitions, among other things.
The minister was speaking to KUNA following the conclusion of the 20th meeting of the GCC ministers of culture, hosted by Kuwait.
Pursuing the notion of promoting a national identity based on GCC citizenship, Kuwait, he said, will host in December a training forum to thrash ideas about how to achieve such an identity.
He praised Qatar for preparing a study aimed at building a permanent center for arts and crafts and Oman for its efforts at establishing a center for translation.
In return the GCC ministers attending the final meeting today applauded the establishment of Kuwait's National Library, emphasizing that it was a valuable GCC asset and a bright spot on the road for cultural integration among GCC communities.
The Kuwaiti minister thanked all those who participated in the convening of the meeting of GCC ministers of culture, including the General Secretariat of the GCC.