The UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, and the Iraqi Minister of Culture and Antiquities, Hassan Nadhim, discussed the bilateral ties between the two countries as well as the reconstruction of the Al-Nouri Mosque of Mosul, during a remote meeting.
The leaders from the two countries also discussed the reconstruction of the Al-Tahera Syriac Catholic Church, and the Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Clock in Mosul, according to the state-run news agency, Wam.
Expressing eagerness to develop the cultural partnership between the two countries and complete the projects underway in Mosul, Al Kaabi highlighted the importance of the initiative to revive the spirit of Mosul with the backing of the UAE leadership.
They discussed the constant monitoring of the reconstruction of the Al-Nouri Mosque, in coordination and cooperation with Iraq and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Al Kaabi also pointed out the UAE’s keenness to build the capacities of human resources involved in architecture and heritage, through a project being implemented in cooperation with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).
“The reconstruction of the Al-Nouri Mosque sends a strong cultural message against the extremists who destroyed these sites of antiquity, and reflects the efforts of the UAE to promote hope, openness, and moderation in the face of extremism,” Al Kaabi said.
“We have achieved important successes during the first phase of the project, including removing rubble and mines from the area, as well as its documentation and assessment, and the restoration of parts that could be rescued,” she added.
Al Kaabi also emphasised the importance of the ongoing communication and coordination before the meetings of the joint Steering Committee of UNESCO’s rehabilitation and reconstruction project of the Al Hadba Minaret and the Al-Nouri Mosque of Mosul to agree on steps for the future, and to make suitable decisions to ensure that the projects are completed on time.
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