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Inclusion of a Jordanian city on the World Heritage List

Jordan-ALSHARQIYA  July 27: The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during its forty-fourth session, held virtually in China, announced the approval of the inclusion of the Jordanian city of Salt on the World Heritage List.

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Nayef Al-Fayez, said during his participation in the committee's meetings virtually, on Tuesday, that the city of Salt is among the "highest priorities of the Kingdom, due to its importance in showing the characteristics of tolerance, coexistence and social care among its residents."

He added that "social solidarity between families in the city of Salt and its visitors, and the absence of separate neighborhoods on a religious basis is one of the clear features of the city," stressing that the inclusion of Salt on the World Heritage List will support "a culture of heritage, tolerance and interfaith harmony."

Al-Fayez continued, saying that Jordan and the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO) "today send an important message to the whole world, a message of peace, tolerance and coexistence in line with King Abdullah II's speech delivered at the 2019 International Conference of Cohesive Societies in Singapore, in which he stressed that the attack on harmony between Religions and peaceful coexistence is the most important threat in the world, which requires everyone to join forces to resist hatred and exclusion.

And he indicated that "the outstanding architecture of the city of Al-Salt shows the cultural exchanges that resulted in a unique mixture of high-level architectural styles," pointing out that the file of the candidacy of Al-Salt was submitted for the first time in 1995, then later in 2017 and finally in 2021, according to the Jordan News Agency "Petra". .

For her part, Lina Abu Salim, director of the management unit of the old city center of Salt and a member of the work team preparing the file of the candidacy of Salt on the World Heritage List, said that the file of the candidacy of Salt "was prepared by a local working team under the supervision of the Royal Committee for the Development of downtown Salt."

She added that the artistic vision of the file was "based on the distinguished architectural heritage" of the city of Salt, in addition to presenting the city "as a model of coexistence and brotherhood and showing it to the world as an exceptional global value in how to respect and accept the other."

It is noteworthy that the sites inscribed on the World Heritage List in Jordan are Petra, Qusayr Amra, Umm al-Rasas, Wadi Rum, and al-Maghtas, in addition to the newly listed city of Salt.

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