Afghanistan, China and Pakistan signed the first Asian bilateral cooperation agreements on Asian Cultural Heritage Protection during an online workshop on Tuesday.
Quoting Li Qun, head of China's National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA), Global Times reports that based on a document titled "China-Afghanistan and China-Pakistan Joint Statements on Cooperation in the Asian Initiative for Cultural Heritage Conservation," the three countries will carry out all-round cooperation in joint archaeology, preservation and restoration of cultural property, conservation, management, and sustainable development of world cultural heritage sites, exchange ideas for exhibitions and preservation technology and the prevention of trafficking of cultural property.
According to the report, the three countries will work to establish partnerships among grotto temples across Asian countries and plan a number of joint exhibitions of grotto temple artifacts and an exhibition on the Silk Roads to help promote the culture and art of grottoes temples.
The report says that Afghanistan's acting minister of Information and Culture Mohammad Tahir Zuhair and Joint Secretary of National Heritage and Culture Division in Pakistan Muhammad Murid Rahimoon both expressed their great willingness to promote the development of Asian Cultural heritage.
Zuhair said that Afghanistan is an important hub on the ancient Silk Road, and has a brilliant and rich cultural heritage. But due to wars, he said, many cultural sites have been damaged and need to be restored.
Global Times reports that China will also hold the Asian Cultural Heritage Protection Dialogue in Beijing in October.