GENEVA, -- Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, held bilateral meetings with Swiss officials to discuss co-operation in promoting the values of tolerance, co-existence and peace at a global level.

She met with Thomas Aeschi, Member of the Swiss House of Representatives, and Beat Vonlanthen, Member of the Swiss Council of States and Member of the Council of State of Fribourg.

Al Qasimi highlighted the UAE's National Tolerance Programme and its most important initiatives launched to promote the values of tolerance at the local, regional and global levels. She also highlighted the law on combating discrimination and hatred, which was enacted in 2015.

The law guarantees equality among all people in society and criminalises discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of religion, sect, race, colour or origin, she noted.

Sheikha Lubna also met with Andre Duvillard, Delegate of the Swiss Security Network, to discuss ways of establishing the values of tolerance in areas of common interest, especially in light of the spreading rhetoric of hate and violence, extremism and racism across the world.

She met with Krystyna Marty Lang, Deputy State-Secretary at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, to exchange views about the best internationally-recognised practices of establishing the values of tolerance, harmony and respect for cultural, racial and religious diversity.

Sheikha Lubna also visited Fribourg University and the Swiss Centre for Islam and Society.

During the visit, she learnt about the centre's activities aimed at establishing the values of tolerance, openness, respect for diversity and accepting others despite differences in thought, culture, religion and sect.

The meetings were attended by Mohammed Sultan Al Owais, Ambassador of the UAE to Switzerland.

Source: Emirates News Agency