Royal Advisor André Azoulay granted ‘Award for Lifetime Service to Dialogue of Cultures’
André Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI, received, on Friday in Tangier, the prestigious “Award for lifetime service to Dialogue of cultures”, in recognition of his commitment and efforts in favor of intercultural and inter-civilizational dialogue.
This prize, awarded by the Aladdin project during the opening ceremony of the international conference “Dialogue of Tangier”, is a mark of recognition of Azoulay’s valuable contribution to bringing cultures together and promoting the values of coexistence, tolerance and living together.
Taking the floor, Azoulay said he was happy to receive this prestigious award in this city, a crossroads of cultures and civilizations.
“My country is recognized today through this distinction handed to me. This award is given to my country and my King,” he pointed out.
The Royal Advisor also stressed the importance of the Dialogue of Tangier meeting, which is intended to be an opportunity to discuss several current issues related to interreligious coexistence and intercultural dialogue, and to examine the means to build peace through culture.
“You are meeting today in Tangier since Morocco has been able to find the way and reach this consensus, which is that of a nation and a society, in the land of Islam in the Arab world, which promotes the modernity”, he explained, stressing that the Kingdom constitutes a crossroads of civilizations and a model of coexistence and convergence of cultures and religions.
“Every year, tens of thousands of Muslims from Morocco and elsewhere and tens of thousands of Jews from Morocco and elsewhere gather in Essaouira for the happiness of being together,” he said.
The Tangier Dialogue, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Aladdin Project and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), was held under the theme “Towards a New, Shared Enlightenment”. The meeting discussed several topical, urgent and major issues related to interreligious coexistence and intercultural dialogue.