The spreading of terrorism on a planetary scale, the stalemate of the peace-keeping process and the ecological risks impose concrete efforts to meet new challenges: political, cultural, economic, social and environmental ones.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo has been concerned with these subjects, since 1994, working for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Union for the Mediterranean) and for the development of the relations between  Europe and the Arab World through actions aiming at promoting dialogue between the different cultures.

In order to strengthen relations and cooperation between Europe and the Arab World – especially at a moment when the global crisis and the increasing tensions in the Middle East risk to stop the dialogue started by social and institutional actors - it is indispensable to promote an organic reflection and to valorize the examples of good practices, so as to make the best use of the available resources.

For these reasons the Fondazione Mediterraneo – together with the League of the Arab States and other institutional partners from European and Arab World Countries - has decided to establish the Maison des Alliances,  whose  primary aim is to promote, in the global scene, the neighbourhood among the Peoples of Europe, of the Mediterranean and of the Arab World by dissemination of knowledge and of centuries-old historical-cultural  memories, in order to strengthen  community and solidarity feelings, as well as raising awareness of shared  values and interests.

H.E. Dr. Mana Saeed Al-Otaiba - accompanied by his family, by the closest collaborators, by the awardees of the Mediterranean Award 2018 and by ministers, ambassadors and representatives of international institutions - visited the Maison des Alliances.
The guests were welcomed by the president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso and expressing appreciation for this commendable peace action put in place for almost 30 years.
Dr. Al-Otaiba dedicated one of his poems to the event.
Among the presents:

  • H.E. Saqer Nasser Alraisi (Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Rome).
  • H.E. Ibrahim Al Balaoui (Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO).
  • H.E. Dr. CheikhKhaled bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (Bahrain).
  • H.E. Dr. Mustapha Bakkoury (President of the Region of Casablanca, Morocco).
  • H.E. Dr. Mohamed Kabbaj (Morocco).
  • Prof. AdelhakAzzouzi (Morocco).
  • Prof. Asma Alaoui (Morocco).

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A delegation from Sicily, led by Senator Giuseppe Lumia and composed by proff. Antonio Perino and Giuseppe Valenti visited the headquarters of the “Fondazione Mediterraneo” and the “Museum of PeaceMAMT”.
During the meeting, possible collaborations on the issues of the United States of Europe and the health of women in different Mediterranean cultures were examined.
Guests expressed appreciation for the Museum and for the thirty-year activity of the Foundation and of the Maison des Alliances where they were hosted.

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The President of the Abdulaziz Al Saud-Babtain Foundation, the poet Abdulaziz Al-Saud Babtain, visited the Maison des Alliances where President Capasso offered a lunch in his honor.

After thanking President Michele Capasso for his welcome, he expressed his satisfaction for the noble action given for a quarter of a century to foster dialogue between the Islamic Arab world and the West.
The visit included - among others - Kuwait National Vice President Mubarak Al-Khurainej, Kuwait Ambassador to Italy Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Former Information Minister Sami Al- nisf as well as other guests including former Jordanian Prime Minister Taher Al-Masri, former Moroccan finance minister Mohamed Kabbaj, Dr. Mohammed Al-Rumaihi, Dr. Abdelhak Azzouzi and diplomat Abdulwahab Al-Babtain.
The delegation was immediately received at Palazzo San Giacomo by the Mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris.

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