KARACHI: The Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry recently revealed that Pakistan will be taking stringent measures to strengthen its cultural ties with Saudi Arabia. Part of this will involve the latter incorporating the expertise of Pakistani artists in its upcoming art schools.
Chaudhry took to his Twitter account to share a message after his time in Saudi Arabia. "Back in Islamabad after a very pleasant visit of Riyadh. Had the honour of attending inaugural ceremony of Culture Ministry headed by a dynamic and spirited HRH Prince Bader Al Saud - a front line warrior of HRH Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision of cultural revolution in KSA," he wrote.
Back in Islamabad after a very pleasant visit of Riyadh,had the honour of attending Inagural ceremony of Culture ministry headed by a dynamic and spirited HRH prince @BaderAlSaud HRH is frontline warrior of HRH Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision of cultural revolution in KSA— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 29, 2019
During the press conference, Chaudhry stated, “Pakistan is fully supporting the cultural revival of Saudi Arabia.” He went on to add that the “Indus civilisation of Pakistan is more than 5,000 years old and we have a diversified and rich cultural history.”
He continued, “We have well-reputed performing art academies in the country and as Saudi Arabia is focusing on establishing new academies for performing arts, we would want to extend the support of our artists, including actors, film directors, as well as calligraphers.”
After revealing that Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan accepted their offer, Chaudhry said, “We are also working on arranging Arabic dubbing of local TV dramas that will soon be exported to Saudi Arabia. In addition, we also expect Saudi Airlines to include Pakistani dramas as part of their in-flight entertainment content."
The minister further shared that April will see a "large mela" organised in Saudi Arabia for Pakistani expatriates. Local artists have also been invited to attend.
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