UN supports first Shia Imam Shrine to join UNESCO World Heritage list

un iraqUN special representative in Iraq met with top Iraqi jurisprudent hailed the role of Shia leadership in Iraq announcing UN support for registration of Imam Ali (AS) shrine in UNESCO World Heritage list.
Martin Kobler, UN special envoy to Iraq met with grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani, senior Iraqi Shia leader and said the UN supports the holy shrine of Imam Ali (AS), first Shia Imam and cousin of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to be registered in UNESCO World Heritage list, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).

Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy to Iraq referred to his different feelings in his visits to the holy city of Najaf and hailed the reconstruction projects around the Shia holy shrine.

He said the place has to be protected and honored by world communities and vowed to support the necessary measures for the holy place to join World Heritage list soon.

The UN representative and Ayatollah Sistani are said to have agreed on resolving the crisis in the country through dialogue and away from sectarian approach in political discourse.

An informed source revealed, Kobler visited Imam Ali shrine before heading meet with the al-Sistani


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