Qatar, Sudan Sign Joint Agreement on Archaeological Field

Doha, September 11 (QNA) – Qatar and Sudan on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement in the archaeological field. Chief Executive Officer of the Qatari-Sudanese Excavations Project Abdullah Al Najjar said in a press conference following the signing ceremony that this agreement comes within the framework of the Qatar – Sudanese joint Excavations Project for developing the archaeological work in several locations in the Republic of Sudan, including the River Nile and the Northern states. He added that the Sudanese -Qatari cooperation in the archaeological field work is a culmination of a determined effort by both sides, as they come within the framework of the distinguished Qatari-Sudanese ties in political, economic and cultural areas. ”   
He said the efforts of cooperation between Qatar and Sudan began since the visit of HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson Board of Trustees of Qatar Museums Authority, to Sudan in February 2011, and the visit by  HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority and Abdullah Najjar CEO of Qatari-Sudanese excavations project to Sudan where the delegation visited the archaeological areas.
Within the framework of the joint efforts Qatar has provided logistical support to about 27 foreign missions working in the field of activating tourism and archeology and restoration of the pyramids in each of the Sudan’s River Nile State and Northern State, he noted.
The signing ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art, was attended by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority and Chairman of the Project Joint Committee, while on the Sudanese side it was attended by Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, the Adviser to Sudanese President and the chairman of the Sudanese side.(QNA)

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