Syria and the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement and a memorandum of understanding in the field of antiquities and museums on the preservation and preservation of Syrian antiquities and their restoration and organizing a temporary exhibition in Amman after the completion of the restoration.
The memorandum of understanding signed during the visit of the Minister of Culture Mohammed Al-Ahmad to the Sultanate of Oman included mechanisms to activate cooperation between the Directorate of Antiquities in Syria and the Oman National Museum, while the agreement included provisions for the secondment of Syrian artifacts for restoration.
Director of Antiquities and Museums Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud said in a statement to SANA today that the agreement includes the secondment of 75 Syrian antiquities belonging to various historical eras affected by terrorism, including 12 sculptures destroyed to the National Museum in the Sultanate of Oman for restoration, maintenance and display, pointing to the participation of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Russia restoration work.
Hammoud pointed out that the possibility of Oman's contribution to the restoration of some of the ruined archaeological buildings in Old Aleppo and the development of cultural cooperation between the two sides were discussed.
During the visit, Al-Ahmad discussed with the Omani Minister of Heritage and Culture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum Haytham bin Tariq Al-Saeed the general cultural scene and the exchange of invitations for activities, events, festivals and cultural exhibitions held in both countries, and discussed cooperation between them in the field of exchange of publications and research studies related to literature In national libraries, universities and programs in the field of manuscripts, libraries and performing arts.
On the heritage side, cooperation in combating illicit trafficking in cultural property, exchange of publications and scientific studies in the field of archeology and museums and capacity building were discussed through training courses in heritage management in related fields.
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