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Syria Takes Part in Baghdad 's Arab Culture Capital Festival

BAGHDAD,(ST)_ Iraq 's Acting  Culture Minister Taher al-Hammoud  said that "Syria 's  participation in the activities of Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture  festival, is a source of pride for Iraq" , thanks to  the long history of fraternal relations between  the two countries.

During his meeting with Syria's Minister of Culture Dr. Lubana Mushaweh on Sunday in Baghdad, al-Hammoud  indicated that  Baghdad and Damascus are  the two  major symbols who presided over Arab  civilization and culture being the Arab state and Islamic capitals  for centuries .

Hamoud welcomed the visit of the Syrian delegation and expressed hope that Syria will participate in all the cultural events that will take place over the course of 2013 in celebration of Baghdad as  the capital of Arab culture.

The Syrian minister expressed   keenness to participate in the activities of Baghdad festival as the capital of Arab culture.

" Damascus and Baghdad are the  heart of Arabism and two sisters in blood and spirit,  and history shows that", the Syrian Minister  stressed,  pointing out that Syria is keen maintain  relations with Iraq.

She commended Iraq's  political  and economic support for Syria.

The Minister of Culture arrived in Baghdad on Sunday in a visit to the Iraqi capital leading  a delegation to participate in the activities of Baghdad as  the capital of Arab culture for 2013.

T. Fateh