Diplomats all praise for rich Saudi heritage and culture



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Published — Monday 14 January 2013

Last update 14 January 2013 5:35 am

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US Ambassador to the Kingdom James Smith, along with an accompanying delegation, recently visited the ongoing Exhibition of Salman bin Abdulaziz: Leadership in Architectural Heritage, currently being held at the National Museum at King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh.
He expressed his admiration of the show, describing it as a window for the Kingdom’s architectural heritage. He said the exhibition enables visitors to witness the Kingdom’s cultural richness and its civilizational depth.
Ambassador Smith said: “What we have seen of civilizational landmarks as reflected by the exhibition’s paintings, and replicas of architectural projects, confirms the continual building of civilization by the Saudi people. At the same time, it clearly demonstrates the intensive efforts of Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, in the service of heritage.”
He said that the crown prince enjoys deep insight in supporting the national heritage and paying attention to it, and his efforts in this area surpass local and regional arenas, and this is clear in his support of the “Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces exhibition,” which was recently inaugurated by Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), in Washington.
The US ambassador described the National Museum as a prominent civilizational landmark in the city of Riyadh, and said its contents confirm the Kingdom’s cultural and civilizational depth. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom headed by Chinese Cultural Attaché Lee Wudeh Chan, which recently visited the Prince Sultan exhibition, was also all praise for Saudi Arabia’s architecture and civilization. Chan said the exhibition emphasizes the great diversity and uniqueness of the architectural heritage of the Kingdom, and also reflects the genius of the Saudi people and their skills in the field of architectural heritage.

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