Kuwait marked the International Francophonie Day on March 20 with a grand reception at the residence of the French ambassador to Kuwait. The event also marked the end of the ten-day Francophonie festival, which saw a series of festive events from concerts and movies to art exhibitions held at various locations in Kuwait. Among the dignitaries attending the reception were the former Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Ahmaed Al Jaber Al Sabah and the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Bader Al Essa. The event also saw attendance by members of the diplomatic corps and a large gathering of people from French-speaking nations, Kuwaiti citizens and the media.
The International Organization of La Francophonie, which brings together 77 French-speaking nations, pays tribute to the beauty of the French language and Francophone culture on the International Francophonie Day.
In Kuwait, various activities, organized jointly by the French Embassy and the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), exemplified the richness of the French language and culture in addition to bringing together French speaking residents of Kuwait in the educational and intellectual domains.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah said that the International Francophonie Day was not only a celebration of the French language "but about the culture built by this language — the culture of freedom, equality and fraternity, values of tolerance.” He added that Kuwait and France also shared these common values and this would contribute to further boost their mutual relations. He urged Francophonie countries to embark on cultural investment in the region and to begin from Kuwait.