Iraq and Italy to cooperate on restoring Iraq's antiquities

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Iraq signed a memorandum of cooperation with Italy on Sunday (October 14th) to restore Iraq's archaeological sites and rehabilitate a number of Iraqi museums, the Iraqi government announced.

Government media advisor Ali al-Musawi told Al-Shorfa the agreement "is very important for Iraq."

It includes training Iraqi archaeological excavation teams in Italy, granting graduate study positions in Italian universities and creating an Italian-Iraqi cultural centre in Baghdad, he said.

Italy will also restore archaeological sites and rehabilitate a number of museums in Iraq, al-Musawi added.

The agreement was signed during a visit by Iraq's Tourism Minister Liwaa Sumaisem to Rome, al-Musawi said.

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