Jun 1, 2021, 1:08 PM
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Iraq kicks off restoring Kasra Arch: Minister

Baghdad, June 1, IRNA - Iraq's Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Hassan Nazem has declared that his ministry has started important operation of restoring ancient Kasra Arch (Taq-e Kasra as it is called in Persian).

The Iraqi minister told IRNA that the international ALIPH Foundation spent four to five months to conduct studies for restoration of the remains of a Sassanid-era Persian monument, dating back to ca. 3rd-6th century AD, and that they are at the phase of operating the process.

Iraq kicks off restoring Kasra Arch: Minister

According to the Iraqi minister, despite the fact that the restoration project was given to ALIPH, they believe that the experiences of the Iranians should be taken into account.

Nazem said that in the first phase of the project, two experts were dispatched from London to Kasra Arch to use their equipment such as drones to study the restoration work. The international foundation decided to allocate 700,000 dollars to kick off the project, but this operation needs more money, he added.

In the second phase, the foundation sent a new team to continue studies and remove debris, Nazem said, noting that the third phase has been initiated.

Iraq kicks off restoring Kasra Arch: Minister

A delegation headed by chairman of the ALIPH Foundation has arrived in Iraq in order to negotiate the ways to carry out the project, he added.

The Iraqi minister went on to say that Iran is keen on collaborating in the renovation project, but it may take time; so, Baghdad started negotiation with the ALIPH Foundation.

Nazem further noted that he is going to visit Iran in a couple of months, adding that he plans to travel to cultural and historical cities of Isfahan and Shiraz.

Describing cultural relations between the two neighboring countries as deep, he said that the cultural ties do not limit to religious commonalities, but there are historical and cultural interests as well.

He also referred to restoration of ties between Iran and Iraq following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, which led to enhancement of cultural cooperation between the two countries.

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