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Istanbul: The two-day Conference on Protecting Cultural Heritage of Muslim World was held under the sponsorship of the Istanbul-based OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) and the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). “Cultural heritage is one of the most important human values,” said Turkish Education Minister, Ismet Yilmaz in a speech at the opening ceremony of the conference. “The transfer of this legacy to future generations is an indispensable guide and condition to prove humanity’s progress,” he added, pointing out that Istanbul is one of the most important global cultural centers. Yilmaz called on the Muslim world to make efforts to preserve the cultural heritage and protect it from the ongoing wars in a number of countries in the region.