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The Saudi Minister of Culture is touring the historical and cultural areas of Baghdad

BAGHDAD Saudi Culture Minister Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan toured with the Minister of Culture and Tourism Abdul-Amir al-Hamdani, the historical and cultural sites in Baghdad.

"The Saudi Minister toured al-Mutanabi Street and Qashla, the headquarters of the old government. He also visited the Abbasid palace and the Wali House, as well as the memorial of the poet Abu al-Tayyib al-Mutanabi, the house of King Ghazi and Al-Meidan square," the Ministry said in a statement.

"Baghdad has many cultural and archeological landmarks, which have been immortalized by history as cultural symbols of great importance, as Baghdad is a beacon of heritage and cultural heritage in the Arab world," the statement quoted the Saudi Minister of Culture as saying.

"The Council has contributed to the development of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq at all levels and to strengthening cultural communication between us and the Ministry of Culture will continue to strengthen cultural cooperation with other countries, one of the Ministry's top priorities and directives," the Saudi Minister said.

Iraq and Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday evening in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Abdul-Amir al-Hamdani and a large number of Ministers and officials in both countries.

"The terms of the memorandum are many and not limited to aspects of Hajj and Umrah but include cultural aspects," Al-Hamdani said on the sidelines of the signing ceremony at the guest house.

Al-Hamdani stressed the Ministry's keenness to extend bridges of cultural cooperation with all countries.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency