ALGIERS- The State protects and preserves the tangible and intangible heritage, said Thursday Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi in reply to an oral question at the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) on the historic site Hippone in Annaba (600-km east of Algiers).
"Algeria like other Mediterranean countries has many Roman remains, including 200 archaeological sites in the eastern province of Annaba, all under the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs," said Mihoubi during an Upper House session chaired by Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah.
The protection and promotion of Algeria's heritage is among the main missions of the State, said the minister, adding that the National Office for Cultural Heritage Protection has mobilized over 1000 security agents to that end.
"The development of archaeological sites requires the mobilization of financial resources and expertise in the field," he said.
"Training sessions have been held as part of partnership with foreign firms, especially German for the development of the Museum of Cherchell and with Turkish for the restoration of the Mosque of Ketchaoua," added Mihoubi.
The minister of Culture said that excavations are underway in many archaeological sites, especially the pyramids of Tiaret (west of Algiers).