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Alicia Bettini, Deputy Mayor of Florence, Italy, presented the city key to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, in honor of Her Highness for her great humanitarian efforts.
This gift also comes in honor of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for her generous donation in favor of dozens of elderly people infected with the emerging coronavirus “Covid-19” who are receiving treatment at the Montdomeni Foundation for the Care of the Elderly in Florence , Italy. Fatima bint Mubarak, in the presence of Deputy Mayor Alicia Pettini, Luigi Pacuzzi, President of the Volunteer Services Center “Cesvot”, and Emanuela Pellicano, Director General of the Monte Domini Foundation, to express their appreciation and thanks for her highness’ generous gift to the Foundation.
The key to the city of Florence was received on behalf of Her Highness by Her Excellency Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, during the ceremony held on Thursday evening to mark the occasion at the historic Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, in the presence of Alicia Bertini, Deputy Mayor of Florence.
The handover ceremony was also attended by “Ambassador Cristiano Magipiento, Diplomatic Advisor to the Mayor of Florence, Sarah Fusaro, Advisor for Social Welfare to the Mayor, Rafael Caluso, Advisor at the Department of Political Affairs and Security of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internal Cooperation and Luigi Pacuzzi, President of the Montedomeni Foundation and Mafalda Savoy, President of the Arab Women’s Association.” The Italian and Randa Eid, Secretary General of the Italian Arab Women’s Association.
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation – in a speech delivered on behalf of Her Highness, Her Excellency Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, said: We express our gratitude and pride for this gift and for giving us the keys to the beautiful city of Florence; Which reflects the depth and consolidation of the Emirati-Italian relations, which is witnessing a continuous development with the support and care of the leaderships of the two friendly countries, in order to achieve the aspirations of their people and the process of sustainable development to further progress and prosperity.
Her Highness emphasized the broad and comprehensive role of the city of Florence in promoting the values of peace, tolerance, coexistence and human solidarity, which are all well-established principles in UAE society and form the core of the country’s march for the next fifty years, contributing to the achievement of global stability and prosperity.
Her Highness referred to the proud history of the city of Florence, being the home of the golden age of Florentine art, and the homes of Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.
She emphasized that the people of Florence embody the honorable heritage that culminates in a historical procession full of civilizational achievements and that its contribution is visible around the world, expressing Her Highness’s deep appreciation and pride in giving her the key to the city give.
Her Highness said: The archives of your great city, which are located in the Museum of Treasures in the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and in the “Silver Museum” in the Pitti Palace, contain tangible evidence of the ancient history that Florence and the Arab Gulf States, including the correspondence known as “Cartgio della Signoria”, which includes records of the city’s international relations spanning 700 years, including its relationship with the Arab Gulf States, reflecting the rooted history that unites us.
Her Highness expressed her aspirations to strengthen the historical ties that unite our two countries. She said that the people of the Emirates, through the pearl trade, played a role in the prosperity of the Renaissance, which the world sees here in Florence embodied
Her Highness added: We thank the UAE Embassy in Italy, represented by Omar Obaid Mohammed Al-Hussan Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and the Office of the Mayor of Florence for their continued cooperation to strengthen relations and ensure their development.
Her Highness also expressed her gratitude and appreciation to Mrs. Randa Eid, Secretary General of the Italian Arab Women’s Association, and Mr. Luigi Paccuzzi, President of the Montedomeni ISP Foundation in Florence, for their tireless efforts to help achieve Her Highness’s efforts to improve the tranquility of Montedomini i SPB made his generous donation during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a time when these contributions were critical in advancing efforts to alleviate the hardships experienced by the community in Montedome.
On this occasion, Her Excellency Al Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi presented a souvenir to the municipality of Florence, which is a tapestry of the special designs of the Fatima bint Mohammed bin Zayed project on the occasion of the Thursday National Day of the United Arab Emirates, and designed by Emirati artist Mariam Taher, where it is woven. This rug was made by a skilled Afghan in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The design is inspired by the development of the United Arab Emirates over time from the camel, which is a symbol of the past and represents travel, wealth, resilience, hope and prosperity. Because the camel is one of the Arab creatures that made life easier for the Emiratis in the past. Where the camel was and still is a great source of support for our ancestors, and they represent the Emirate journey, which witnessed an incredible development of identity. The repetition and transparency of beauty slogans emphasize the importance of recognizing the historical beginnings of the Emirates, while allowing adaptation to modern concepts. As the icon rises, it becomes more solid and opaque, which is how we want to visualize our future expansion.
For his part, Omar Obaid Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Italy, said: It is a great opportunity to hand over the keys of the ancient Italian city of Florence today to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union , President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairman of the Family Development Foundation “Mother of the Nation”, appreciating Her Highness’s continuous efforts to advance the level of women, their empowerment and their leadership, in addition to Her Highness’s numerous humanitarian and charitable contributions around the world, and Her Highness’s pioneering role in serving the issues of motherhood, childhood, the elderly, refugees, charitable, humanitarian, cultural and social work, and in recognition of the initiatives and generous contributions that she launched in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic period. And especially the city of Florence, in solidarity with the kind Italian people, who today bear witness to the achievements of the pioneer of women’s work, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, and write in golden letters this deserved honor in the historical record that has deep roots between the two friendly countries.
For her part, Alicia Bettini, Deputy Mayor of Florence, said: This honor comes as an expression of our appreciation for the continued humanitarian role of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, and out of respect for the values that are the source of her generous initiatives, prompted her to found many associations and humanitarian and cultural institutions to defend women’s rights and opportunities for their to promote prosperity and to support the younger generations at a local and international level.
Luigi Pacozzi, President of the Montdomeni Foundation, for his part, praised the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation. and her generous response to the campaign’s activities and solidarity with the conditions of elderly patients The humanitarian gesture of Her Highness to support the Foundation’s efforts to face the health crisis caused by the outbreak of the “Covid-19” -virus among the elderly inmates of the Foundation, noting that the initiative has contributed to alleviating the suffering of others and in a time of adversity unites people and hearts on the path of giving and helping the weak. .
The Arab and Italian Women’s Association “AIWA” and the municipality of Florence have launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of providing basic needs, medical supplies and health protective equipment to take care of “Covid-19” patients, alleviate their suffering and to improve their conditions, since the generous donation made by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the Women’s Union. General, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairman of the Family Development Foundation, had great appeal and was appreciated and directed by senior officials in Italy.
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