Among their visit to Syria, a delegation of 3 members in the French Parliament visited DGAM headquarters in Damascus yesterday to get to know better DGAM measures in the protection of museums; moreover, to show their support to the Syrian cultural heritage in these exceptional circumstances. The delegation was headed by Mr. Gerard Bapt accompanied by Mr. Christian Hutin, Mr. Jerome Lambert, and reporters from the French media.
In their reception, Prof. Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim, DG of DGAM, and other high ranking officials were there to introduce the overall vision of the Ministry of Culture and DGAM, along with the national institutions and the Syrian local communities, in terms of the measures taken to preserve and document the national museum objects, with the help of all team members of DGAM regional offices all over Syria, including about 2500 members.
The meeting discussed the means of international and scientific cooperation and the support to DGAM in order to protect the Syrian cultural heritage as it is a human heritage for everyone, concentrating on the important role played by international scholars, the French in particular for their long years of field archaeological work in Syrian sites.
The delegation then visited the emergency laboratory made to document the preserved museum objects, and had discussions with the lab team members about the used techniques.
On his behalf, Mr. Bapt confirmed the importance of keeping strong traditional ties between Syria and France, and, accordingly, providing more international support in general, and the French in particular, in order to help DGAM confront the actual challenges facing the human cultural heritage.
Mr. Bapt mentioned that one very important reason for their visit to Syria is to show solidarity and support to DGAM actual efforts, then asked for a minute of silence in solemnity to the 14 staff members of DGAM who were killed during the conflict.