Ghani wants heritage sites professionally preserved
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani stressed professional preservation of heritage sites in Afghanistan on Sunday, when agreements on conservation, protection and restoration of historic monuments were signed in Kabul.
The agreements were signed in Bagh-i-Babar Park between the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Ministry of Urban Development and people’s council while marking ‘the protection and preservation day of cultural heritage of the country.’
Acting Information and Culture Minister Mohammad Rasool Bawari said the agreements were aimed at reconstruction of historic sites, monuments, buildings and mosques.
He called people’s role as vital in preservation of heritage sites, saying his ministry had devised strategies for protection of historic monuments and today’s signing of the agreements was part of the programme.
The minister said about 5,000 historic monuments had been so far found across the country and of them 1460 had been registered and introduction letters for 800 others written.
Bawari said currently repair works on nine monuments were underway and reconstruction of 58 others had been completed with budget from the Ministry of Information and Culture and national and international cultural-supporting organisations.
Meanwhile, a message from President Ghani was read aloud at the agreements’ signing ceremony. The president stressed protection of historic sites and asked the departments concerned to professionally preserve cultural heritage sites by setting up precise mechanisms.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah also stressed the preservation of cultural heritage, saying unfortunately war, natural disasters and mafia circles had caused damages to the national assets.
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