Jeddah: The participation of Arab countries in the ongoing New Delhi Book Fair forms larger portion of foreign participation.
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, besides Iran have been participating in the book fair which is considered a part of literary and publishing conference, also a premier event in publishing and intellectual circles of South Asia.
In fact, Saudi Arabia is the only country that has pavilion on a large area compared to any other country. The Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia through its cultural attaché office in New Delhi is showcasing its rich Arabic literature and culture to Indian visitors.
Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the book fair has been themed ‘Gandhi: the Writers’ Writer’, and is set to host over 600 exhibitors from over a dozen countries.
The theme highlights the various facets of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his influence on some of the major authors of Indian literature in the country and abroad. The fair will focus on the multi-dimensions of Gandhi as a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, printer as well as an excellent mass communicator.
Senior Saudi Diplomat Tariq Rashwan formally inaugurated the Saudi pavilion in the presence of Indian and Saudi officials.
Saudi Arabia is focusing to strengthen cultural and academic ties in strategic countries where it is keen to forge relationship in this direction with India, said Dr Abdullah Al Shetawi, cultural attaché of Saudi Arabian Embassy in New Delhi in a statement.