The European Parliament has emphasized the role of the Kingdom in supporting dialogue among the different cultures and civilizations of the world. The Parliament said the Kingdom supports local, regional and global projects in promoting a culture of dialogue and respect, as well as engendering peace around the globe. The European Parliament made the statement through its delegation, which recently visited the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) in Riyadh. They also expressed appreciation for the programs organized by the center. The programs aim to enhance national unity by promoting the concepts of coexistence and intercultural understanding, and spreading a culture of tolerance and moderation. During the visit, the delegation was briefed on the activities of the center, which include the Peace for Civilization Program, the Dialogue Academy, and National Center for Public Opinion Polls. These programs were developed to promote the values of coexistence, diversity, tolerance and moderation as part of the realization of Vision 2030.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in his annual keynote speech to the European Parliament on the state of the bloc, said that he saw no prospect of Turkey joining the EU “in the foreseeable future”, adding that “Turkey has been taking giant strides away from the European Union for some time”. “Accession candidates must give utmost priority to the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights. This rules out EU membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future”, he added. “Journalists belong in newsrooms not in prisons. They belong where freedom of expression reigns”, Juncker said. “Stop insulting our member states by comparing their leaders to fascists and Nazis”. Meanwhile, Juncker put a final stamp on the EU’s recently revived engagement in the Balkans, where Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Kosovo all want to join the EU one day. With Britain now scheduled to exit the EU in 2019, Juncker said he foresaw no new enlargement of the bloc before 2020.