Baghdad, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stressed the importance of mobilizing the countries of the world to provide the necessary funds for the success of its initiative to rehabilitate many archaeological cities in Iraq.
A foreign ministry statement said "Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met UNESCO Executive Director Audrey Azoulay in the sideline of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting discussed UNESCO's support for Iraq and stressed the need to rehabilitate ancient cities".
Jaafari said during the meeting that "Iraq is a country that has been hit, terrorized, faced, and defeated terrorism, and the countries of the world and international organizations should support it and contribute to the reconstruction of the infrastructure of Iraqi cities damaged by terrorism,".
He added "Iraq is the cradle of global civilization, and today its cultural features are threatened because of the low water levels. This requires the support of UNESCO and the countries of the water sources to maintain water shares to Iraq.
"Iraq has applied to UNESCO to include the archaeological city of Babylon on the list of world heritage, and the countries of the world should support us; in order to preserve the depth of civilization," he directed an invitation to the Executive Director of UNESCO to visit Iraq; to discuss further ways to support Iraq in various fields."
For her part, Azoulay stressed that the organization is working to mobilize the countries of the world to provide funds for the success of the UNESCO initiative for the rehabilitation of many of the cities of Iraq.
She continued, "We continue to support Iraq and look forward to more cooperation from the Iraqi government to implement several initiatives that UNESCO is seeking to achieve in many Iraqi cities," added "I will visit Iraq in the next phase in support of UNESCO for Iraq."
Source: National Iraqi News Agency