Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Fertile Crescent

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Fertile Crescent

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Queen Rania Launches Arab-- Western Dialogue

The Jan. 28-29 Jordan Times reported that Jordan's Queen Rania participated in the 33rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, as the only serving Arab member of the WEF Foundation Board. Queen Rania was extended an invitation to join the board in September 2002 in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to meeting global challenges, and took advantage of the opportunity to host a dialogue entitled "Arab and Western Women-Building Trust Together."

Addressing a group of Arab and Western women gathered to discuss ways of promoting cultural understanding, Rania suggested "that each one of us arrange intercultural exchanges between Arab and Western women...The point is to really take steps to build trust between us... We should remember how much power we have to make a difference in women's lives."

At a larger gathering of 800 prominent WEF delegates, including former US. …

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