Amrit volunteers meet Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sayed;
the minister of culture .
In the photo: The first row: on
your right hand you can see Waaed Al Mhanna, Nagham
Arnouq, Zoubaida Abudulah, Samaan Daiaa , Dr.Mahmoud
AlSayed, Talal Kassouha , Rana Al-Hamdan, Khadeja
Dayoub, Isam Abd-Raheem.
The second row: Hisham Abd-Razaq.
Amrit volunteers met
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sayed, the minister of culture on
5/10/2005 in the ministry of culture, Damascus.
The minister started the meeting by thanking the
volunteers and their sincere national efforts in
protecting the civilized heritage and wish them
continuity and success.
Then, he gave a brief comment about the new
developments in Amrit and the attitude of
responsible sides in the government and the attitude
of Tartous governorate especially the infractions in
Amrit .As a result of these infractions, a decision
has been taken to establish an investigation
committee in his meeting with Tartous' mayor dated
on 14/5/2004 in the city council.
The minister also showed the ministry activities for
protecting Amrit(the only existed Phoenician
metropolis)and the need for keeping it in accordance
with UNESCO as one of the international cultural
He assured on the idea of the necessity of
activating the decisions and fasting the measures
and achieving the special books related to the
Directorate of Antiques. Many solutions have been
agreed on according to their priorities.
Amrit volunteers talked briefly about what they did
during the last period as activities for supporting
the excavation missions and spreading conscious
concerning the importance of Amrit , asking public
sectors and coordinating with them in addition to
organize and participate in cultural activities to
spot the light on Amrit.
Everyone of the volunteers talked in the meeting
about her/his participation:
Zoubaida Abdulah and Khadeja Diaoub talked about the
translation team beside to Majd Kara (French,
Spanish ,and English) and some Amrit friends who are
participating in translating the website into the
Hisham Abd-Razaq, the lawyer, talked about the legal
part showing his legal research(" Depending on the
Syrian Antiquities law:" the abuses and infractions
in Amrit, the Canaanite Phoenician metropolis).
Samaan Daiaa" a student in preparatory school"
talked about his admiration towards the volunteers
and their activities and his desire to work with
them and that was the reason for joining them.
Nagham Arnouq talked about the cultural side of the
volunteers' work and the artistic activities like
theatre, participating in festivals and plastic art
especially the exhibition by Dr.Ghada Zaghbour
Waaed AlMhana and Rana AlHamdan ; the journalists,
talked about the role of press in highlighting Amrit
issue to show the truth and correcting the mistakes
and to spread conscious concerning the importance of
keeping the cultural heritage.
Eng. Talal Kassouha talked about constructing and
developing Amrit website (www.amrit-syria.com) and
showed an explanation on his laptop to the most
important parts of the website and the information
that he presented and the successful link that the
website established with the Syrians in Syria and
abroad and all concerned people.
He presented a part of future solutions for Amrit.
He also gave his suggestion to make Amrit Marathon
as an annual local and international activity that
will contribute in spot the light on Amrit and its
archeological stadium that many researchers assured
that it is oldest than the Olympic stadium in
The minister supported the idea of enriching Amrit
annual festival by Amrit marathon.
At the end, the volunteers presented to the minister
the volunteers' T-shirt and a sculpture made by
Amrit friend(Batoul Khoundah); a student in plastic
arts, that represents one of AlMaghazel, then a
souvenir picture has been captured.
The meeting has been preceded by an interview that
combined(Waaed, Talal, and Hisham)with Dr. Bassam
Jamous; the General director of Antiquities and
Museums under a title" Let's Cooperate".
The importance of active cooperation between the
volunteers and the Directorate General of
Antiquities and Museums was shown in the interview .
Dr. Bassam talked about showing the archeological
importance of Amrit that is clear in its known ruins
and its new findings.
Talal invited again the Directorate of Antiquities
to talk about its activities in Amrit by making a
free corner on Amrit website and for spreading the
findings by the national excavating team in Amrit
just as the mutual foreign mission in other
In the meeting with the minister, an official
agreement has been taken on joining new
volunteers(The text). After few days of the meeting
,Amrit volunteers gave two books to the ministry of
culture, and the Directorate General of Antiquities
-The first one includes presenting information.
-The second one includes organizing Amrit festival