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Princess Dana Firas meets Italian culture minister over cooperation


The Jordan Times


AMMAN  — HRH Princess Dana Firas, president of the Petra National Trust (PNT) and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Heritage, along with Culture Minister Haifa Najjar, met with Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini on Friday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 
The meeting came within the framework of the Conference of Ministers of Culture of the Euro-Mediterranean Region in Naples.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Culture on Saturday, the princess praised Jordan’s participation in the conference, noting that the Italian Ministry of Culture has sought developing partnership and bolstering cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region by merging arts with culture and emphasising the pivotal role of culture in achieving sustainability.
Najjar stressed that Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah, always seeks to promote moderation, cooperation and dialogue, even though the Kingdom is surrounded by conflict.
During the meeting, Najjar also invited the Italian Minister of Culture to visit Jordan. 
The Italian minister expressed his appreciation for Jordan’s participation, praising its moderate approach and the richness of its culture which is based on being open to diversity.
Franceschini pointed out that the world has recently been impacted by different situations, expressing hope for issuing the conference declaration, which will be signed by all participants and for bolstering bilateral relations.
The two-day conference, which was held in Naples, Italy, featured a number of culture ministers from the EU and Mediterranean countries as well as representatives of international organisations.
It focused on issues concerning supporting the fields of culture and heritage among the countries of the region, setting policies for cultural development, and fostering industries and creative economies.

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