SHAFAQNA –The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced its readiness to protect at-risk Iraqi artifacts after the destruction of invaluable relics by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the northern city of Mosul, Press TV reports.“We have sent three separate letters. One to Irina Bokova, the head of the UN cultural agency, demanding swift action and practical measures to safeguard historical monuments and artifacts in Iraq,” Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, the deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization told Press TV in Tehran.
Talebian added that in another missive to the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Tehran has called on its members to condemn ISIL’s “barbaric act” while in a third correspondence to Iraq’s tourism and antiquities minister Iran has offered to provide Baghdad with “any kind of help” it would need in the face of atrocities by the terrorists.
“We are ready to send a team of specialists to Iraq to collect the damaged artifacts, bring them back and restore them and keep them here until the country becomes more stable. We can also bring potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts and keep them as long as the Iraqi government wants us to,” he noted, adding that destroying ancient artifacts and civilizations “are by no means accepted in Islamic culture.”