UNESCO's stance on Trump's threatening tweet

"The current president of the United States, Donald John Trump, threatened attacks on Iran's cultural heritage sites on a galling and indelicate tweet," Iran's Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Hojatollah Ayoubi, wrote in a letter to the director general of UNESCO in response

Iran (IMNA) - Iran's Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Hojatollah Ayoubi, wrote a letter to the director general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, the content of which is as follow:

"As you know, the current president of the United States, Donald John Trump, threatened attacks on Iran's thousand-year-old world cultural heritage sites on a galling and indelicate tweet released on Sunday, January 5   , 2020.

You are well aware that, according to the United Nations resolution, this act violates the fundamental norms and rules of the international community.

Unfortunately, in the past decade, the world has witnessed the emergence of extremist groups such as ISIS, which have imperiled cultural heritages in the countries of our region (Middle East) according to their dangerous principles. They have targeted human culture and civilization by destroying ancient and historical sites.

Considering the extermination of ISIS by the blessing of the sacrifice and devotion of people live in the region and martyr General. Soleimani's courageous, dangerous thoughts and ideology of ISIS is reproduced by the president of the United States.  

The recent tweet by the leader of one of the world's largest nations clearly symbolizes the comprehensive support for extremist groups in destroying countries' cultural heritage and is considered as a permission to continue such actions in the future.

Given the key role of UNESCO in preserving cultural heritage and with particular emphasis on the "Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict" and also in line with the principal mission of UNESCO which is to establish peace and promote peaceful coexistence among nations, I would desire you to take action to condemn the action and inform the public of such dangerous behavior. Certainly the cultural community, elites and world history and culture lovers are waiting for the proclamation of the appropriate stance of UNESCO as the most important cultural organization in the world."

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