By Taha Ouda
ISTANBUL, July 18 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's permanent delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Dr. Meshal Hayat hailed Monday the role of Kuwait's delegation participating in the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in putting historical sites of Arab, Muslim and friendly countries on the world heritage list.
Speaking to KUNA after ending the WHC meeting in Istanbul due to the developments of Turkey, Hayat said backed by Arab and Muslim delegations, Kuwait played a notable part in the listing of new historical sites.
He added that a total 21 historical sites in European, Asian, African and Latin American countries had been registered during the WHC's 40th session.
However, the meetings will resume in Paris, where the UNESCO is headquartered, due to the political situation in Turkey which has recently witnessed a failed military coup.
The participating Kuwaiti delegation consists of the permanent delegate to the UNESCO, Kuwait's historical building observer Abdullah Al-Beishi and several other officials of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL).
The 40th session kick-started in the Turkish city of Istanbul on July 10th.
The World Heritage Committee was formed in 1972. It is responsible for implementing the World Heritage Convention, outlining the use of the World Heritage Funds, and allocating different financial assistance. (end) ta.mt