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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 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 who are receiving treatment at the Montedomeni Foundation for Elderly Care in the Italian city of Florence, where a thank you plaque was dedicated to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, in the presence of Deputy Mayor Alicia Pettiini and Luigi Pacozzi, President of the Cesvot Voluntary Service Center, and Emanuela Pellicano, Director General of the Monte Domini Foundation, expressing their appreciation and thanks for Her Highness’ generous gift to the Foundation.
On behalf of Her Highness, Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, received the key of the city of Florence during the ceremony held on this 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 Magipinto, Diplomatic Advisor to the Mayor of Florence, Sarah Fusaro, Advisor for Social Welfare to the Mayor, Raphael Caluso, Advisor in the Department of Political Affairs and Security of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internal Cooperation , Luigi Paccuzzi, President of the Montedomeni Foundation, Mafalda Savoy, President of the Italian Arab Women’s Association 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 on behalf of Her Highness, Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, said: We speak our thanks 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 to achieve the aspirations of their people and drive the process of sustainable development forward. 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 50 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 its contribution is visible throughout the world, which her highness expresses with great appreciation and pride by granting her the key to the city has.
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, saying that the people of the Emirates played a role through the pearl trade in the prosperity of the Renaissance that the world sees embodied here in Florence.
Her Highness added: We thank the UAE Embassy in Italy, represented by Omar Obaid Muhammad 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 Randa Eid, Secretary General of the Italian Arab Women’s Association, and Luigi Baccuzzi, President of the Montedomeni ISP Foundation in Florence, for their tireless efforts to help Her Highness achieve the improving tranquility of Montedomeni. ISP through her generous donation during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when these contributions were critical to advancing efforts to alleviate community problems in Montedome.
Al Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi presented a souvenir gift to the municipality of Florence, a tapestry of the special designs of the Fatima bint Mohammed bin Zayed project on the occasion of the 50th National Day of the United Arab Emirates, designed by the Emirati -artist Mariam Taher. The design was inspired by the country’s development over time of the camel, which is a symbol of the past and represents travel, wealth, resilience, hope and prosperity.
In turn, 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 and out of respect for the values that are the source of her generosity initiatives, which prompted Her Highness to establish many associations and humanitarian and cultural institutions to defend women’s rights and promote opportunities for their prosperity and to support younger generations, both locally and internationally. The “Arab and Italian Women’s Association AIWA” launched.
And the municipality of Florence earlier launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of providing basic needs, medical supplies and health protective equipment to care for “Covid-19” patients, alleviate their suffering and improve their conditions. The Family Development Foundation has a great resonance and has been appreciated and led by senior officials in Italy.
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