By John Keating
PARIS, March 20 (KUNA) -- Representing His Highness the Amir, Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Mubarak Al-Sabah announced Monday Kuwait's pledge of USD 5.0 million for a fresh fund for the protection of heritage in conflict zones.
The Kuwaiti minister made the announcement during a conference held here Monday in the Louvre Museum, bringing together representatives and delegates from 40 countries, organizations and entities.
The gathering is mainly intended to give support to an emerging international effort to protest cultural heritage in areas of conflict worldwide.
Addressing the conference, the Kuwaiti Minister stressed that the Gulf Country was keen on helping with this cause that was noble and worthy and merited attention especially for preserving cultural heritage for future generations.
He said he was "honored to represent His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah" at the conference, and voiced thanks to the organizers.
The Kuwaiti minister stressed the State of Kuwait's keenness on providing all kinds of support and help to all efforts aiming at protecting heritage.
He also lauded the joint efforts of France and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to create an international alliance to protect threatened cultural heritage. (end) jk.mt