PARIS, 4th December, 2015 (WAM) — Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, Speaker of the Arab Parliament, has discussed with Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the French capital, Paris, ways to protect the global cultural heritage.

The meeting comes in line with the initiative of the Speaker of the Arab Parliament to form a committee under the auspices of UNESCO, the League of Arab States and the Arab Parliament, to preserve the Arab and world historical heritage. The initiative was launched by the International Conference on the Protection of the World Cultural Heritage Threatened with Destruction, held in Rabat, on 15th May, 2015.

They discussed the importance of joint action to preserve the historical heritage of the region. Bokova strongly welcomed the initiative of Al Jarwan, saying the UNESCO is ready to back the initiative.

Al Jarwan said the Arab Parliament, as a representative of the Arab people, “strongly condemns the infringement on the cultural and humanitarian heritage in any way,” noting that “the cultural heritage of the area is not a history for the Arabs alone, but for all humanity.”

He said that the Arab Parliament accords priority to contribute to the joint action to protect this heritage from the terrorist organisations that seek to destroy the cultural heritage. Al Jarwan called for putting into practice innovative methods of defending this heritage as soon as possible.

The two parties agreed to form a joint committee of UNESCO and the Arab Parliament to tackle this issue.

The meeting was attended by Ambassador Butrus Askar, Representative of the Arab League in Paris, and Ambassador Abdullah Al Nuaimi, the UAE representative to UNESCO.

Al Jarwan also met with the Arab Group in Paris and the Arab ambassadors to UNESCO. They discussed ways of enhancing the joint Arab action in international forums in the best interest of the Arab world.