[size=36]Foreign Minister: The government has prioritized the reconstruction of archaeological and cultural sites destroyed by terrorism[/size]
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fouad Hussein confirmed today, Friday, that the government has placed the reconstruction of archaeological and cultural sites on the top of its priorities.
And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that "Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein received, on Thursday, 12/8/2022, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Mortanius."
At the outset of the meeting, Hussein welcomed "the visit of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations to Iraq, and his participation in the Forum of Ancient Civilizations, which was held in Baghdad on 12/4/2022."
He stressed, "The importance of the relationship between Iraq and the United Nations, and that the presence of the United Nations and its specialized agencies and its various activities is of great importance in providing support and technical assistance to national institutions, especially in the field of capacity building and reconstruction of areas liberated from the terrorist gangs of ISIS."
He added, "The Iraqi government has made reconstruction, social peace and reintegration among its priorities, as well as the reconstruction of archaeological and cultural sites and places of worship that were destroyed by the terrorist gangs of ISIS," noting that "the terrorist gangs of ISIS committed their crimes against all components of the Iraqi people and all their religions and sects."
The two sides stressed the need for solidarity and cooperation in the issue of restoring social cohesion between the components and local communities, especially in the city of Sinjar, the Nineveh Plain and other regions, and providing a suitable environment for the return of the Yazidis and the people of the Christian religion, and working on the reconstruction of their places of worship.
For his part, Miguel Mortanius extended his "thanks for the efforts made by the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare and hold the sixth ministerial meeting of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations in Baghdad," offering "congratulations to Iraq on the success of the conference and the adoption of the Baghdad Declaration, which represents an added value to the efforts aimed at dialogue of civilizations and cultures and convergence." between peoples and nations.
Mortanius added, "His visit to Iraq is very important and positive from multiple sides," noting that he "had many meetings with leaders and representatives of religious communities in Iraq."
He pointed out that he "visited the holy city of Najaf and held an important and successful meeting with the religious authority, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, and exchanged conversations about the importance of coexistence between religions and sects, rejecting extremist thought and hate speech, spreading a culture of tolerance and spreading the message of peace in the world, which is part of the action plan that I set." United Nations on the Protection of Religious Sites and Temples.
He stressed, "The United Nations continues and desires to provide the necessary support and advice to Iraq in various fields, according to the priorities set by the Iraqi government."
In the conclusion of his speech, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations stressed "the importance of sending a team of experts from the United Nations and international organizations to visit the heritage and religious places in Sinjar to record the damage and help in its reconstruction, to confirm the contribution of the international community and its role in this field."
The two sides agreed, according to the statement, on "the importance of continuing coordination and exchanging visits to achieve these goals." Ended 29/M99