Qatar National Library (QNL) received a book donation from the Nation’s Library of the Presidency, Turkey yesterday at a special event held at the library.
HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, Minister of State and President of QNL, welcomed the Turkish delegation led by Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism.
Other members of the Turkish delegation included M Mustafa Goksu, ambassador of Turkey; Batuhan Mumcu, chief of cabinet; Selim Terzi, adviser to the minister; Gokhan Yazgi, director-general; Nese Cildik, adviser to the minister; Burcu Kuyucu, first secretary; Fatih Gurkan, chief of protocol and Kadir Serdar Zengin, protocol officer. The delegation also included a number of businessmen.
Speaking to Gulf Times, HE al-Kawari said: “Turkey is an important partner for Qatar economically, politically and culturally. The minister has come with a great collection of books as a gift to Qatar National Library. The books are in different languages including Arabic, Turkish and English. Moreover the library is an important stop for every visitor to the country.”
HE al-Kawari said that QNL has received book collections from embassies of several countries.
“During the visit of the Turkish delegation, we discussed many topics to enhance the relationship with our library and Turkish libraries in general. This Wednesday, we are going to sign an agreement between QNL and Uma Library in Ankara,” said the QNL president.
“Uma Library is one of the newest libraries and a very important one which opened a few years ago. The library is planning to open its doors for other libraries around the world for collaboration and our agreement signing will be followed by a visit to the Turkish library soon.”
The Turkish minister highlighted the historical relations between Qatar and Turkey. “We want to provide additional value through the establishment of these events and collaborations,” he added.