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Band performance; delicious cuisines add color to Francophonie festival

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ISLAMABAD, MAR 17 (DNA) – Spell-binding band performances and delicious delicacies of various Francophonie member countries added color to the Francophonie Festival held the French Culture Center.

 

Embassies of Argentina, France, Tunisia, Belgium and Switzerland displayed various items at the stalls. Visitors enjoyed home-made delicacies especially prepared by the spouses of the ambassadors for the event.

 

Visitors literally pounced upon the Tunisian stall when it was opened for people. A variety of Tunisian delicacies and traditional Tunisian handicrafts attracted audience in large number.

 

Ambassador of Tunisia Adel Elarbi who himself was present at the stall to welcome guests, told DNA that Tunisia will host an international Francophonie summit next year therefore the holding of this festival was also part of preparations for that mega event.

 

The ambassador further said Tunisia play key role among the Francophonie countries adding all out arrangements shall be made to make the upcoming event a complete success.

 

Ambassador Adel that the purpose of this festival was to provide people of Pakistan with an opportunity of not only tasting difference cuisines but to give them first hand information about culture; living style and social fabric of these countries.

 

He said tradition of holding of such events would continue even in the prospect and next time efforts shall be made to invite even more people to be part of these festivities.

 

The ambassador also distributed awards among the winners of the quiz competition, in which audiences were asked to answer certain questions related to Francophonie countries.

 

The Ambassador of Belgium also spoke on the occasion and welcomed guests for attending the event in large number.

 

It may be mentioned here that the Francophonie organization happens to be the biggest linguistic zones in the world. It’s member share more than just a common language. They also share the humanist values promoted by the French language.

 

The French language and its humanist values represent the two cornerstones on which the international organization of Francophonie is based.

 

The International Organization of La Francophonie was created in 1970 with the aim of embodying the active solidarity between its 88 member states and governments which together represent over one-third of the United National member states and account for a population of over 900 million people, including 300 French speaking.=DNA

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