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EXPERTS SET TO MEET IN KUWAIT TO DISCUSS ARAB HERITAGE SITES

KUWAIT, June 10 — Arab experts on world cultural and natural heritage are set for a two-day meeting in Kuwait which starts on Tuesday, said the state cultural body, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.

The council has expressed its commitment to supporting the Arab and international position on world heritage sites in Jerusalem, known to Palestinian Muslims as Al-Quds, its Assistant Secretary General for antiquities and museums Shehab Al-Shehab said in a press conference Monday.

The holy city to the three religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism – is under the threat of Judaization policies currently being practiced by the Israeli occupation.

Al-Shehab added that the meetings will also address world heritage sites in other Arab countries that are witnessing conflicts.

He also hailed the meetings as crucial, due to their significance in unifying the position of Arab states on the matters at hand, and in finding ways the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) can contribute.

The experts will assess the region’s steps made to implement the World Heritage Convention, efforts for sustainable development and capacity-building measures on its world heritage sites.

Attendees will be briefed on the activities carried out by the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage in Manama, Bahrain, along with UNESCO World Heritage Site bids from the United Arab Emirates (Dubai Creek), Saudi Arabia (the city of Jeddah), Iraq (the city of Irbil), Palestine (the village of Battir).
Setting out weighed-out strategies on the presentation of these bids will also be discussed, along with means to make them more favourable, he added.

SOURCE: KUNA