Culture Minister meets Director of UNOPS in capital Sanaa
[20/مارس/2019] SANAA, March 20 (Saba) - Minister of Culture Abdullah al-Kibsy met Wednesday in the capital Sanaa with Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Yemen Ziad Jaber.
During the meeting, the Minister of Culture reviewed the reality of the infrastructure of the culture sector, represented by museums, the National Book Authority, national libraries and manuscripts, and the importance of this sector as it deals with the heritage, culture and the memory of country and its creative output.
The minister touched on the most important problems facing the sector, especially what he suffered under the US-saudi coalition aggression with no possibilities of preserving this archaeological and historical heritage and needs required to conservation and maintenance of them.
He also listened from Director of the Office of the President of the Antiquities and Museums Authority Muhannad Al-Siyani and Chairman of the Historical Cities Authority and Mohamed Fares and Vice-President of the General Authority for Book Abdul Razzaq Taran to explanation over the suffering of these bodies due to the aggression of the lack of possibilities to preserve museums and archaeological sites and historic cities of tampering and vandalism, as well as providing libraries with the necessary means to ensure continuity in the service of readers, demanding international organizations to pressure to neutralize sites and cultural facilities of bombing and destruction.
For his part, the Director of the UNOPS office said that Yemen is a country rich in cultural and historical heritage at all levels, especially in historical monuments and manuscripts. He pointed out that many sectors in Yemen have been affected and that interventions must be in accordance with the priorities put forward by the United Nations and the World Bank.
He added that consideration will be given to how to include some of the needs of the cultural side within the humanitarian aspect, especially with regard to water and sanitation in historical and archaeological cities.