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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture talking at the conference of preservation of cultural heritages of Ainak Copper Mine asked the friendly countries to assist the ministry for delivery of cultural heritages and ancient relics to a safe place. 
The conference attended by Waheedullah Shahrani minister of mines, deputy ministers, heads of departments, ambassadors and representatives of friendly countries in Kabul and archaeological specialists, discussions took place on keeping balance in explorations, preservation of cultural heritages and ancient relics. 
Dr. Raheen said that the Afghan cultural heritages belong to all human community and added that Afghanistan has been the venue for growing of civilizations and has hundreds examples of those civilizations. 
Dr. Raheen said that I request the friendly countries to assist the ministry of information and culture in preservation and safe transfer of those relics to a proper place. 
Waheedullah Shahrani appreciated the Ministry of Information and Culture for its efforts towards preservation of cultural heritages and ancient sites and said that Afghanistan’s position in relation to extraction of mines take place on the basis of the mines law. He emphasized on the importance of Ainak Copper Mine and its impacts on the national economy of the country and added that this project is important for sustainable progress of Afghanistan and added that technical studies on establishment of railway is being continued and work on transfer of cultural heritages will end till the end of the 2012 based on the consultation of archeologists. 
The conference brings about this certainty that all the ancient relics are in the focus of attention of the Ministry of Information and Culture and visible efforts are continuing in the process in this respect. 
The participants of this conference issued an 11-point resolution in which emphasis is laid on keeping balance in mining activities and preservation and up keeping of the cultural heritages.

Monday, April 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Based on the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Culture and approval of the presidential office, Sayed Masaddeq Khalili was appointed as the deputy Information and Culture Minister for the Cultural Affairs.

Monday, April 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen inaugurated the national museum related Pre-Islamic Gandahara relics and Buddhism civilization exhibition, his office said yesterday. 
The inauguration ceremony was attended by chief of the security transition process committee, Dr, Asharaf Ghani Ahmadzai, the US ambassador to Kabul and a number of cultural personalities from home and overseas. 
Lauding cooperation of the US, Netherlands, UNESCO and other Afghanistan’s partners, Dr. Raheen said that the building of the historical museum had badly been destroyed during the last years of war in the country but, “We could rebuilt it and gather the entire related historical relics”.
For more development and progress of the national museum there is need for more struggles and works as well as the international partner’s cooperation, he concluded.

Monday, April 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) It is my great pleasure to welcome you today to the National Museum of Afghanistan. 
I thank you for joining us to officially open the museum’s newest exhibition: Buddhism Heritage in Afghanistan. The national museum has suffered a tragic past, but 2002 was the beginning of a new era in the history of this cultural institution. Together, with the help of the international community and our friends from Greece, the Netherlands, USA, UNESCO and others, we were able to begin reconstruction on this building, which was officially opened in 2004. 
However, much work will remain, and I am very pleased to see the continued support of the international community by your presence here today. This support was demonstrated in March 2011 with the opening of the Mes Aynak exhibition. Which serves as the first public exhibition of the recently excavated artifacts from the site? 
This exhibition was supported by the US Embassy here in Kabul, and highlights the partnerships we have built to support the National Museum and the continued preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. I hope you will take some time today to look at the Mes Aynak collection, which is now permanently displayed on the second floor of the museum. 
Since the museums official reopening, we have worked hard to support its development, and it is with great pleasure that I remind you that just over one year ago from today, the Ministry of Information and Culture and the US Embassy in Kabul announced its support to construct a new building that will hue the National Museum. 
The US Embassy in Kabul, represented at the time by Ambassador Eikenberry, made a pledge of $5 million for continuous support to the museum to construct a new building, which will serve in conjunction with this existing museum where we have gathered today. 
In addition to the US’s generous pledge, the Ministry of Information and Culture pledged $2 million and the Ministry of Mines pledged $1 million to support the expansion of the National Museum. These pledges demonstrate the commitment of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United State to support the long-term preservation of Afghanistan’s invaluable cultural heritage. Since announcing the project to construct a new building for the National Museum, we have achieved some significant milestones that I would like to bring to your attention. 
First: On March 5, 2012 an international architectural design competition was announced as a result of close collaboration between the Ministry of Information and Culture and the US embassy in Kabul.  This is a clear demonstration of our continued partnership and long-term support for the National Museum. 
Second: We continue to upgrade the museum’s grounds and improve the security and appearance of the existing building. We expect this work to be completed by spring 2013, and we believe that these improvements will allow for a better environment for the eventual return of the traveling “Afghanistan Treasure” exhibition. So, today, we have come to open a new exhibition that highlights the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan. 
This exhibition illustrates the extensive period of history in which Buddhism was practiced for more than 1,000 years in Afghanistan and at the same time Zorasterian was also practiced. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dutch Embassy and the Dutch Center for International Heritage Activities for their generous support in organizing this exhibition. This exhibition would not have been possible without their support, and both the Ministry and the National Museum are greatly appreciative. With this exhibition, the National Museum can highlight the importance of our rich history for both Afghans and the international community, and I hope this can be a source of unifying pride for the Afghan nation. 
In closing, I would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the previous support the Ministry has received from the international community, especially from the Netherlands and the United States. However, I must also remind you that there is a lot of important work that remains ahead of us to ensure the long-term preservation of Afghanistan’s irreplaceable cultural heritage that the National Museum serves to protect. 
Afghanistan’s cultural heritage is not only for the Afghan people, it is part of a heritage that we share with the world. Afghanistan today remains at the center of a global crossroads, and as we all hope for a peaceful future in this country, we ask the international community to continue its essential support for this esteemed institution. We, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, pledge to honor your support through the protection and preservation of our cultural heritage and to continue sharing it with the world. I thank you again for joining us today, and I hope you enjoy the exhibition.