Abu Dhabi: Experts representing a wide variety of cultures from various countries ranging from the Arab world to Central Asia to the Indian subcontinent will participate in the ninth session of the Japanese-Islamic Dialogue seminar. It will be held at Zayed University (ZU) from March 7-8.

The event will be held under the patronage of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its theme is ‘Diversification of Industrial Structure to Create Job Opportunities for Coming Generations'.

"The Japanese-Islamic Dialogue is an important tool of communication in diplomatic and cultural cooperation between the two sides, through which we can find common ground and reach essential solutions to issues of mutual interest including trade and economy, cultural, technological and scientific exchange," Dr Sulaiman Al Jasem, Vice-President of ZU, said.

The Japanese-Islamic Dialogue seminar began in 2001 through an initiative by former Japanese minister of foreign affairs Yohei Kono and was supported by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the minister of foreign affairs of Bahrain at that time. Since then, dialogue sessions were held in Bahrain, Iran, Tunis, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Japan.

"The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is dedicated to helping ZU organise the ninth session of the Japanese-Islamic Dialogue," Tatsuo Watanabe, the Japanese ambassador, said.

  • WHAT: Ninth session of the Japanese- Islamic Dialogue seminar
  • WHEN: March 7 -8
  • WHERE: Zayed University