Iraqi president asks President Aliyev for support in including a number of monuments in UNESCO list

Iraq’s President Muhammad Fuad Masum sent a letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev July 1.

President Muhammad Fuad Masum asked President Ilham Aliyev to provide support for inclusion of a number of monuments of the Mesopotamian civilization, located in the territory of Iraq, into the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The letter reads that the Iraqi government requested the inclusion of its seven territories into the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Inclusion of the Ur, Eridu, Uruk monuments in the list is considered appropriate in view of their cultural and archaeological significance.

Meanwhile, inclusion of the eastern and western parts of the Huwaiza Marsh, the Central Marshes and Hammar Marshes into the UNESCO World Heritage list is considered appropriate due to their significant nature and cultural peculiarity.

These areas, along with being a home to hundreds of animals and plants, have been listed in the Ramsar Convention as the present-day remains of the ancient Sumer civilization.

A voting on inclusion of these monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage list will take place July 10-20 in the Turkish city of Istanbul at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee.

The appeal said that Azerbaijan plays an important role in protection of the world cultural heritage and therefore was elected to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

The appeal also reads that the Iraqi government considers Azerbaijan’s support as a great moral aid and assistance to achieve permanent stability and development in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Source: Trend