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In the center, UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum sits next to French President Francois Hollande at the international conference on protecting the world’s cultural heritage. Photo courtesy Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images.

Riyadh – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has addressed Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah Province, to chair the delegation meant to attend the Donors’ Conference on Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, which is set to take place on March 20 in France.

King Salman received on Sunday a telephone call from French President Francois Hollande who expressed appreciation for accepting an invitation to the Kingdom to take part in a meeting for the International Monetary Fund donors to preserve endangered cultural heritage amidst armed conflicts.

The conference falls under the joint initiative by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan and French President Francois Hollande: Abu Dhabi Declaration – issued at the conclusion of the two-day Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage conference in UAE capital.

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal chaired the kingdom’s delegation during the 2016 edition of Donors’ Conference on Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, which was held in Abu Dhabi with the participation of representatives from more than 40 countries, presidents and governmental institutes.

King Salman also received a phone call from King of Bahrain Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa who congratulated the king on safely returning to Riyadh and on the outcome of official visits to several fraternal and friendly Asian nations, as this would contribute in cementing relations between the Kingdom and these countries in all fields.

In a related context, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz discussed on Sunday latest regional and international updates during a phone call with Algeria’s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

He also received at the Ministry of Interior the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of US to the Kingdom Christopher Henzel — they discussed a number of topics of common interest.

The audience was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Interior Minister, and Deputy Interior Minister Abdulrahman Al-Rubaia’an.