Sheikh Sultan unveils selection of his historical, literary works in Spanish
Madrid - The Sharjah Ruler and King Felipe VI held cordial discussions, exchanging views on issues of mutual interest.
His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, was received by the King of Spain Felipe VI at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, on Wednesday.
King Felipe VI welcomed Sheikh Sultan and the accompanying delegation, and congratulated him on the selection of Sharjah as Guest of Honour of the 37th Liber International Book Fair-Madrid 2019. The King of Spain has lauded the vibrant ongoing cultural exchange between various cultural entities in Spain and the UAE.
The Sharjah Ruler and King Felipe VI held cordial discussions, exchanging views on issues of mutual interest, like the role of culture and education in sustainable development and national advancement.
Sheikh Sultan presented an Arabic calligraphy painting to the King of Spain, in addition to a collection of his literary works translated into Spanish.
The meeting was attended by Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo - Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Spain; Majed Hassan Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Spain; and Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA). Later, Sheikh Sultan attended a ceremony to launch Spanish language editions of a collection of his historical and literary works at the Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid.
Speaking at the function, Sheikh Sultan affirmed that meeting and knowing other people is a divine directive of Islam. "Our presence here in Spain is aimed at forging a common future based on love and affection, and meeting new people without any hidden agenda," he noted.
"It is no longer hard to meet others, or introduce ourselves to them like before. I used to think that my quest of discovery was like running after a mirage, but soon I found that others are looking for us too, and want to meet us. In the beginning, it was with the UK through cultural exchange; then came Germany and France, followed by Italy, and now, Spain."
Sheikh Sultan signed a number of copies of his translated works including My Early Life, the three volumes of Hadeeth Al Thakira, I Condemn, A Memorandum for Historians on the Innocence of Ibn Majid, The White Shaikh, The Rebel Prince and The Buried Grudge. Luis Miguel Pérez Cañada, dean of Toledo University of Castilla-La Mancha, presented an introductory reading about the literary works of Sheikh Sultan.