Members of an Uzbek delegation to Afghanistan's Herat province said they plan to restore the shrine of the prominent philosopher, poet and writer Amir Ali-Shir Nava'i.
In a trip to Herat, a high-level delegation from Uzbekistan described the poet Nava'i and his legacy as a common heritage of both Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, and a "connecting bridge."
Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) said that Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have prepared to celebrate the 580th birthday of Nava'i together.
Life and legacy:
Ali Sher Nava'i was born in 1441 in the western province of Herat. He died in 1501.
During Navai's lifetime, Herat was under the rule of the Timurid Empire and it became one of the leading cultural and intellectual centers in the Muslim world.
Navai was one of the leading writers and intellectuals of his time. There are about 370 works of his that are still in existence today. He also had a great command of languages including Turkish, Uzbek and Persian.
Navai, as one of the great intellectuals, was an icon of mysticism and politics during the Timurid Empire and the Khorasan dynasty.
“We want to renovate the Shrine of Amir Ali-Shir Nava's and its surroundings areas. We also plan to celebrate his 580th birthday together with Afghanistan,” said Abdul Ghafar, the head of the Uzbek delegation.
“We have specific plans for all those assets which are part of our culture and history,” said Rasoul Bawari, the Afghan deputy minister of Information and Culture.
“The government has allocated funds and made a special focus on the protection and renovation of historical sites in Herat. Currently the government has allocated $500,000 for Herat Musala,” said Sayed Wahid Qatali, the governor of Herat.
The Uzbek delegation said that Uzbekistan looks forward to expanding its cultural and economic ties with Afghanistan.