REACH ALLIANCE Global Network, and the Department of Science of Religions and OLAE-Lusophone University’s Portuguese Economic Activities Observatory, have organised the visit of the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr. Mostafa El-Feki, to Portugal, from 17th-19th October.
Dr. Mostafa was invited to deliver a lecture at the “Islam Today and Intercultural Dialogue” conference, at Lusofona University, where he stressed “the importance of dialogue between cultures, cooperation in confronting extremism, while emphasising that Islam promotes positive coexistence among peoples and international peace”. He also met with the Dean of Lusofona University, Mário Moutinho, the President of Lusofona Group, Prof. Manuel de Almeida Damásio, the President & CEO of OLAE Group, Prof. José Paulo Oliveira and Head of the Department of Religions Studies at Lusofona University, Prof. Paulo Mendes Pinto, It was discussed the potential cooperation between both institution under Reach Alliance.
The Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, was also received by H.E. the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, at the Presidential Palace. On this occasion, Dr. Mostafa affirmed that “the Bibliotheca Alexandrina plays a vital role in reinforcing cultural relations between Egypt and European countries, especially in the context of a deepening intercultural dialogue and study of the cultural interaction between the countries of southern Europe and the Mediterranean basin.” During this meeting the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza underlined that Egyptian civilisation is one of the oldest in the world – “If there are countries whose history is measured by hundreds of years, the history of Egypt dates back thousands of years,” he said, referring to distinguished relations between Egypt and Portugal.
Dr. Mostafa also visited the Central Mosque of Lisbon being received by the President of the Islamic Community of Lisbon, Abdool Magid Vakil and the Iman of the Mosque, Sheikh David Munir, where he had the opportunity to have contact with the Muslim community and know the undergoing work of this community. A meeting with the Director of National Library, Maria Inês Cordeiro also took placed where a joint commitment for the exchange and exhibition of cultural heritage related with Portugal and Egypt was discussed.