Director-General of Antiquities and Museums Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim has given a lecture about Syrian heritage during the opening ceremony of an exhibition opened on October 15th in Toronto in Canada under the title “Syria is a Live History”.
He focused on the Syria heritage damaged during the foreign-backed terror war being waged on Syria and the measures adopted by the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) to protect historic sites in cooperation with civil community.
His lecture entitled ‘Heritage and Conflict…Syria’s battle to defend its past’ underscored the importance of international cooperation with the DGAM to save the Syrian heritage, which reflects Syrians’ identity and memory, according to the DGAM website.
The website quoted Mr. Luis Monreal, Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, as saying that the trust stands by the DGAM and it is ready to offer all forms of support, especially in rehabilitating the Palmyra Museum and building a new museum in the future.
He referred to the extraordinary efforts exerted by the DGAM to protect the Syrian heritage during the crisis.
On her part, Director General of UNESCO Mrs. Irina Bokova stressed in a recorded speech that UNESCO supports the DGAM in Syria to save the Syrian heritage.
Around 48 art works are being displayed in the exhibition which will last till February 26th 2017 in the Aga Khan Museum.