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    ICESCO Director-General Receives Azerbaijan Ambassador to Rabat

    13 July 2021

    The Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, received Mr. Oktay Sudef Oglu Gurbanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Morocco, with whom he examined the progress of several cooperation projects between the Organization and Azerbaijan.

    During the meeting, held on Monday at ICESCO headquarters in Rabat, the two parties discussed ICESCO’s proposal to name Susha the 2022 Islamic World Culture Capital for the Asian region. Dr. Al Malik explained that the Organization will take the necessary measures according to the ICESCO Program of Islamic World Culture Capitals.

    The two parties also examined the travel arrangements for the ICESCO technical team visit, which includes international experts, to visit the heritage sites in Nagorno-Karabakh and assess the extent of damages they sustained. The technical team, who is ready to conduct the visit at a time convenient to both sides, will also work closely with the Azerbaijani side to draft a plan for the sites’ restoration or reconstruction.

    The meeting touched upon arrangements to open a regional office for ICESCO in Azerbaijan as part of the celebration of Susha as Islamic World Culture Capital for 2022. The meeting also covered the prospects of strengthening cooperation between the two parties as well as Azerbaijan’s support for ICESCO’s initiatives and projects.

    Dr. Abdelilah Benarfa, ICESCO Deputy DG; Dr. Mohamed Zine El Abidine, Head of the Culture and Communication Sector at the Organization; Ambassador Fateh Al-Rahman, Head of ICESCO Civilizational Dialogue Center and Dr. Ahmah Said Ould Bah, Advisor to ICESCO DG for Partnerships and International Cooperation, attended the meeting.

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