Italy to help preserve cultural heritage

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government and Italy are working very closely in the field of archaeology and preservation of cultural heritage sites for more than a decade.

This he said while speaking at a reception the Consul General of Italy Danilo Giurdanella organised at a local hotel to celebrate Republic Day of Italy.

The reception was attended by diplomats of different countries and notables in a large number.

Italy and Pakistan have always enjoyed cordial relations and cooperation in political, economic, cultural, and social spheres.

“Both Italy and Sindh boast ancient civilization and history,” he said and added “in Sindh, Italy is working very closely in the field of archaeology and preservation of cultural heritage sites for more than a decade.”

Shah said that the Sindh government has always fully supported Italian cooperation.

Furthermore, we are engaged in enhancing cooperation in the health sector and social development, he said.

The CM said that Italy has also become a preferred destination for students to pursue higher education.

“More than 1200 students apply for study visa and the number is growing each year,” he said and added besides, education, Italy was also a popular destination for tourism because of its rich culture, heritage, cuisine and breathtaking landscape.

Shah added that many industries in Sindh have close economic and commercial ties with Italy.

The chief minister appreciated the kind gesture from the government of Italy and especially the Consul General, Danilo Giurdanella for recognizing the efforts of Late Madam Bilquis Edhi and EDHI foundation by presenting the second highest Italian civilian award.

“It is a great loss for the people of Pakistan that Madam Bilquis Edhi is no more with us, the void is irreplaceable,” he said and hoped Faisal Edhi and his entire family would continue the great legacy of his parents in future.