French Ambassador to Iraq visits Karbala Center for Studies and Research
On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, the Karbala Center for Studies and Research at the hoy shrine of Imam Hussein “AS” has received Éric Chevalier, the French Ambassador to Iraq, the Political Counselor of the Embassy, and Dr. Salwa Nakouzi, the Cultural Attaché, on an official visit to activate the prospects for joint cooperation between the two sides.
The ambassador and the delegation accompanying him were welcomed by Mr. Abdul Amir Al-Quraishi, the Director of the Karbala Center for Studies and Research, Professor Natheer Al-Hindawi,the KCSR’s Scientific Associate, Prof. Mahdi Wahab Nasrallah, the Member of the Advisory Board, Mr. Amir Kamel, the Administrative Assistant, and Dr. Amir Al-Shammari, the PR official.
During the meeting, Al-Quraishi stated, "The Covid-19 pandemic has prevented the completion of the cooperation program between KCSR and the French Republic. We are working to revitalize it by holding annual joint scientific conferences in Paris that deal with issues of community peace, childhood, rejection of violence, racism and other humanitarian issues."
"In Karbala, there are about (250) archaeological and cultural sites, including Al-Uqaiser church, forts, and historical Khans that need to be excavated, and we hope the France would help the in this issue," Al-Quraishi stated.
Ambassador Eric Chevalier said during the meeting that, "I am fully aware of the KCSR's activities through following up on its website and its various practical publications. I am very happy with my visit to the city of Karbala, and I am also happy to visit the center."
Chevalier indicated his great desire to reactivate the memoranda of joint cooperation between the two parties, as well as praising the achievements made by the KCSR with regard to the archaeological aspect of the city, adding, "The French government is working to create an international institute for Arabic studies."
On the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Abdul-Amir Al-Quraishi, the Director of the center, presented valuable historical gifts that reflect the civilization of the city, as well as a set of other scientific products issued by the KCSR recently.