“I Belong to” tourism initiative for supporting heritage launched in Italy

Rome, SANA – Tourism Ministry launched in Italy on Sunday the initiative dubbed “I Belong to” for the restoration of Syria’s international heritage, in cooperation with the Syrian community in Italy, SOLID organization and the Church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.

Tourism Minister Bishr Yazigi addressed a symposium that carried the initiative’s name via internet hailing the initiatives launched by the Syrian expatriates abroad in support of their country in the face of the fierce onslaught targeting it.

He said “I Belong to” initiative was in response to the desire of a large number of Syrians around the world, noting that the artifacts presented within the symposium served as a symbolic reminder of a small part of what the Syrian man has offered throughout history.

The symposium, held at the hall of Santa Maria Church, was attended by Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, the Italian renowned archaeologist Paulo Mattieh, professors, journalists, head of SOLID organizations, representatives from the European Solidarity Front for Syria and a number of members of the Syrian community in Italy.

“I Belong to” initiative had a previous stop in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

The initiative was first launched in late August, 2015. It aims at supporting the human heritage and the components of tourism in Syria and showing the civilized face of Syria. It also aims at providing the opportunity for the Syrian expatriates to contribute to supporting their motherland economically.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said

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