Writers from 50 Asian and African countries met in a round-table conference in Hanoi on August 26 to talk about ways to enhance the role and position that they play in issues relating to globalisation in culture.

The event, hosted by the Vietnam Writers’ Association, also underscored the development of the Afro-Asian Writers' Association (AAWA) in the future.

Addressing the conference, AAWA Secretary General Mohamed Salmawy said globalisation poses difficult issues to the world, which require the protection and promotion of the cultural identities of each nation.

Writers should continue playing their role in promoting the own cultural identity of each nation, enriching the culture of human beings with unity, equality, justice and freedom, he said.

Sharing Mohamed Salmawy’s view, Vietnamese writer Nguyen Tri Trung said Asian and African writers should firstly prove their role in combating the negative impacts of the globalisation process by creating valuable works to enrich the culture of each country.

Through their works, writers also raise responsible for contributing their voice to maintaining peace, equality and national conciliation, he added.

Meanwhile, writer Hilda Twongyeirwe from Uganda called on the writers to join hands in organising activities to protect and promote cultural values.

Participants also agreed with the AAWA Secretary General’s proposal to launch “Lotus” magazine in English, French and Arabic. The preparation for the magazine will be further discuss at a meeting of the association’s executive board in the northern province of Quang Ninh from August 27-28.-VNA