|We take great pleasure in extending Our wishes for the success of the |
international conference on "Africa and the World" organized by the Haile
Selassie I Prize Trust. We established this organization in 1963 and
entrusted it with the responsibility of recognizing outstanding
achievements in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa and to strengthen the
spiritual and cultural bonds between Our people and the peoples of the
African continent and of the whole world.
We are pleased to witness that you distinguished scholars have readily
co-operated and accepted the invitation extended by this organization. This
gathering is one of the opportunities where so many people who have
studied Africa will be able to share their views and knowledge. It will also
help in the strengthening of the foundation of African Unity.
We have consistently supported the view that adequate channels and
opportunities be established at all levels to facilitate exchanges of ideas and
thoughts. Leaders and their people can utilize enlightenment thinking that
may result from such exchanges. As you well know, the Organization
of African Unity has enabled leaders to consult as well as act together. ...