GKSD Chairman Kamel Ghribi held an Iftar dinner for peace in Rome last night. Guests of honour included President of the Italian Senate, the Hon. Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati; Minister of the Interior, the Hon. Luciana Lamorgese; Minister of Health, the Hon. Roberto Speranza; Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Professor Pierpaolo Sileri; Vice President of the Senate the Hon. Ignazio La Russa; President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, Mr. Gennaro Migliore, as well as various Ambassadors representing the Islamic countries of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia currently carrying out their missions in Italy.
The GKSD Chairman was deeply honoured to have as special guests Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life; Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome; Imam Nader Akkad, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy and Great Mosque of Rome and Imam Badri Madani, Imam of the Mosque of Palermo. Their presence in sharing the traditional Iftar dinner that Muslims partake in to break the daily fast during the month of Ramadan, was highly symbolic and brought deep meaning to the message of peace and understanding that Kamel Ghribi had as his theme for the Iftar dinner; a theme that he has always pushed both in business and in international relations.
In his role as Host of the evening, Ghribi, the financier and philanthropist who is President The ECAM Council (European Corporate Council on Africa and the Middle East); President of GKSD Investment Holding and Vice President of the San Donato Group, impressed upon his guests the important role that dialogue, mutual understanding and respect play in the quest for peace. He also reminded all present that the three great monotheistic religions are children of one Father and that consequently, interreligious dialogue seeks to unite, to heal open wounds and to offer hope. This theme is also very close to the heart of His Holiness Pope Francis, who signed the Papal Encyclical "Brothers all" in 2020, in which the Pontiff dwelled on how religions are at the service of all humanity.