February 20, 2024

EU Arabic spokesperson says Saudi Arabia’s position in fostering peace within the area is crucial

RIYADH: Luis Miguel Bueno, the EU’s first Arabic spokesperson for the Center East and North Africa, mentioned his mission in strengthening relations between the EU and the area by means of the Arabic language, and highlighted the Kingdom’s position in fostering peace within the area.

“We have to perceive that the position of Saudi Arabia in fostering peace on this area is crucial,” Bueno informed Arab Information.

“We imagine that our partnership with the Saudi authorities is essential to maneuver ahead when it comes to constructing an answer that’s sustainable,” he added.

Throughout his interview with Arab Information, Bueno mentioned the latest go to of EU Excessive Consultant for Overseas Affairs and Safety Coverage Josep Borrell to the Kingdom, the place he held talks with Saudi Overseas Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in AlUla on Jan. 8.

Bueno stated that Borrell has visited the area 4 instances for the reason that begin of the warfare in Gaza.

“He (Borrell) is in cost by the council of ministers of the European Union with doing no matter he can to keep away from an escalation.

“We imagine within the European Union that there’s a actual danger of escalation within the area, specifically in Lebanon, so he went to Lebanon to have conferences with the leaders within the nation and political events to attempt to assess the state of affairs, but additionally to cross the message that it’s in nobody’s curiosity, even much less so in Lebanon’s pursuits, to have any type of escalation,” Bueno stated.

“This is similar message that he handed to the Israeli authorities the truth is when he visited Israel.”

Bueno stated that Prince Faisal was invited by Borrell to attend the assembly of international affairs ministers on Jan. 22 in Brussels together with the international ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and the secretary-general of the Arab League.

He stated the concept behind the assembly is to work along with Arab companions to give you an answer to the warfare in Gaza.

“We’ve been speaking a few peace course of for 30 years, and there’s no peace and there’s no course of.”

Discussing his position because the spokesperson in Arabic of the EU, Bueno stated that this has most likely been the most effective job of his life to date.

“To be sincere, it has been actually fascinating; it’s the primary time that there’s an official from the European Union that’s in cost with speaking with the Arab world in Arabic,” he stated.

Bueno stated that there’s “an incredible curiosity in speaking with the area within the language of the area.”

Discussing why the EU determined to have an official spokesperson in Arabic as a substitute of different languages akin to Russian or Chinese language, Bueno stated: “We’re neighbors; now we have hyperlinks which might be political, financial, cultural and which might be historic in lots of, some ways.”

He stated speaking with an individual of their language helps construct mutual understanding and cooperation.

Bueno stated his main targets included selling people-to-people relations between the Arab world and Europe.

“My aim is formally to speak in regards to the initiatives, insurance policies, and initiatives of the EU, that largely must do with the area, but it surely additionally to have interaction with the media within the area and in addition with the folks to advertise people-to-people relations,” he stated.

“What I’m making an attempt to do is know rather more in regards to the tradition that’s behind the Arabic language and in addition attempt to talk this to Europe, to my colleagues in Brussels and Europe, and inform them extra about what I hear within the area, the perspective of the Arab particular person.”

Bueno stated that he hopes to see extra motion when it comes to firms and entrepreneurs between the 2 areas.

“Part of my job can also be in a strategy to promote the Arabic language, and I feel that is a crucial a part of what I do and I’m doing that in Europe, too.

“What I’m making an attempt to do is spotlight in Europe the significance of Arabic as a language in our heritage, as a result of the heritage of Arabs in Europe is a part of our widespread heritage and that’s one thing that we have to perceive if we wish to perceive one another,” he stated.

Bueno concluded the interview by saying that he needs to be part of the promotion of dialogue and understanding between Europe and Arabic-speaking international locations.