U.S. Embassy Congratulates Iraq on UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the government and the people of Iraq on the inscription yesterday by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee of the Ahwar of Southern Iraq – also known as the Iraqi Marshlands – to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This new inscription recognizes the outstanding universal natural value of the Iraqi Marshlands as one of the world’s largest inland deltas. It also recognizes the universal cultural value of the archeological remains of the ancient cities of Uruk and Ur and of the Tell Eridu archaeological site that are indicative of the Sumarian settlements that developed in southern Mesopotamia between the fourth and third millennium BCE. At a time when many of Iraq’s heritage sites are threatened by Da’esh, this distinction by UNESCO underscores the importance for the international community, including the United States, of protecting and preserving Iraq’s natural and cultural heritage.