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Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:00 - Updated Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:00

Turkey seeking cultural cooperation

Luanda - Matters related to the establishment of cooperation and strong partnership in the field of culture topped the Monday’s audience the Secretary of State for Culture Maria da Piedade de Jesus granted to Turkish ambassador to Angola, Alp Ay.

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Turkish ambassador to Angola, Alp Ay

Photo: Clemente dos Santos

In addition to economic and political relations, Turkey is looking to the cultural aspect as the most important way for both countries to promote their cultures, with stress to material and immaterial heritage.

 During the meeting, the Turkish diplomat said his country is open to supporting Angola in actions related to the promotion, enhancing and dissemination of cultural heritage, conveying its vast experience, mainly in the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

He presented a proposal on the Turkish contribution to Luanda Peace Biennial, reaffirming the support and co-participation of his country.

As the possible areas for exchange linked to museum, the diplomat pointed to training, libraries and archive, the latter described as crucial for  preservation and transmission process of the history of the country the new generations.

He also expressed his country's availability to support Angola's initiatives in Unesco. "As happened to Mbanza Kongo project, we remain open to support those presented by Angola in terms of applying for world heritage," said the diplomat.

In turn, the Secretary of State for Culture, Maria da Piedade de Jesus, who thanked the Turkish availability, said that the Ministry of Culture is open to closer bilateral relations between the two peoples.

She said that Turkey's experience with the process of preserving and restoring patrimonial assets and archives could help in the actions undertaken to keep the Angolan collective memory intact.

Angola and Turkey established diplomatic relations in 1980, but the start of such cooperation took place in 2008, when the agreement on trade, economic and technical cooperation between the two governments was signed in Ankara.

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