MAISON DES ALLIANCES (EN)

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.

Naceur Mestiri, Tunisian Ambassador to Italy visited the “Maison des Alliances” together with his consort Amel.

In a press statement released at the end of their visit, the Ambassador expressed his sentiments about the Maison: “It is a hospitable and refined place where the pages of history have been written and moreover, where peace and dialogue are intrinsic to its structure”.

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Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, Director General of ALECSO (the Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) was a guest at the “Maison des Alliances”.

In a press statement released at the conclusion of his visit, he expressed his appreciation for the Maison stating that it was a “special place in which to meet and create culture, as well as a place for dialogue that has produced and will continue to produce exceptional results for the Mediterranean and the world”.

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Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union and one of the most renowned Maghreb

Politicians was a guest at the “Maison des Alliances”. 
In a press statement released at the conclusion of his visit, he expressed his appreciation for the uniqueness of the Maison stating that it was a, “unique place for the creation of dialogue and peace and to confront the challenges of today’s problems in a calm and profound manner. It is a unique environment for leaders and decision-makers”.

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During a meeting at the Maison des Alliances, attended by personalities from the world of politics, diplomacy, arts and culture, as well as the armed forces, the architect Vittorio di Pace defined the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, as a modern superhero for having dedicated part of his life, profession and his own resources to promoting peace and dialogue among peoples.

 

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