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Hungary And Flanders Pledge To Cooperate In Restoring Cultural Heritage Sites Destroyed By ISIS

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.11.19.

Hungary is planning to help restore the damage inflicted upon Middle Eastern cultural heritage sites by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group together with Flemish-Belgian organisations, it was agreed at the ninth meeting of the Hungarian-Flemish Joint Committee in Budapest yesterday.

Co-chairs István Mikola of Hungary and Koen Verlaeckt of Flanders praised the body’s achievements in developing bilateral ties over the past two decades. The restoration of cultural heritage sites in Iraq within the framework of UNESCO as a prospective field of cooperation with Flanders, Mr. Mikola said, pleding Hungarian financial support for assessing damage and reconstruction works once the security situation has turned favourable.

At the meeting, parties approved the implementation of a total of 36 projects in 2016-2017, extending to eleven areas of cooperation, namely business developments, river transport and logistics, agriculture and environmental protection, renewable energy, the field of science and cooperation, culture and heritage protection, education, youth policy, health care and employment.

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