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Kurtulmus says "cultural diplomacy" could help fight Islamophobia

Kurtulmus says "cultural diplomacy" could help fight Islamophobia

Numan Kurtulmus, the Culture minister of Turkey, will take part in the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)'s 10th culture ministers' conference, taking place in Sudan, as part of the 2017 Capital of Islamic Culture celebrations that are underway in Sudan’s Sinnar province.

The conference will run from this Tuesday to Thursday of this week and the Turkish official will have the chance to get together with counterparts  of his "from several fellow Islamic countries", said the statement.

Kurtulmus believes in the power of "cultural diplomacy" which he is planning stress in Sudan and suggest a united cultural front in order to fight Islamophobia.

The minister and his colleagues wish to draw up a "Draft Cultural Strategy" on the sidelines of the conference and Kurtulmus "will also inaugurate a library built by Turkeys’ Yunus Emre Institute and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA)."

Kurtulmus stressed the importance of  heritage preservation and how much it means for Muslim states to work together towards this direction.

"We can protect and promote the cultural heritage of the Islamic civilization together (...) We can hold our geography together, despite attempts to break it up, with the strength we draw from our civilisations".../IBNA

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