Marseille, April 5, 2013 (MAP)
The French city of Marseille, European capital of culture for 2013, awarded on Thursday the peace medal to Andre Azoulay, chairman of the Euro-Mediterranean Anna Lindh foundation for inter-cultural dialogue.
Azoulay, who is advisor to King Mohammed VI and also ambassador of the Mediterranean citizen, was rewarded for his action in favor of the promotion of peace, dialogue between cultures and respect of the other in the Mediterranean basin.
The French city’s deputy-major, Jean Roatta, paid tribute to Azoulay for efforts to promote inter-cultural dialogue shown in various encounters, mainly during his chairmanship of the French-Moroccan friendship group of the French national assembly, underlining the recipient’s deep knowledge of the Mediterranean and of the human values he defends.
The medal was awarded to Royal advisor during a forum that brought together in Marseille around 1,000 Euro-Mediterranean citizens to debate dialogue and cooperation between cultures to face challenges resulting from the Arab spring and the crisis in Europe.
This forum is held concurrently with two other major meetings: the 3rd forum of local and regional authorities of the Mediterranean (April 3-4) and the 1st summit of speakers of the parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The Alexandria-based Anna Lindh foundation, chaired by Andre Azoulay, brings together young leaders, civil society organizations, political decision-makers and culture experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region.