MEI DC luncheon was part of the #CultureUnderThreat series, the Antiquities Coalition in partnership with the Middle East Institute hosts roundtable discussions with leaders from Washington, DC embassies of Middle Eastern and North African Nations.
The intent of the roundtable in Washington, DC was to identify key regional concerns related to antiquities destruction and trafficking, develop common areas of interest, and determine specific goals for the regional task force established by the Cairo Declaration.
The first roundtable discussion was held on March 9, 2016, and was attended by delegates from Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, the Department of State, and the Arab League.
The second roundtable discussion was held on May 25, 2016, and was attended by delegates from Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, and the Department of State.
The efforts were taken by each of these nations to work together on such a critical issue that they all share shines light upon the crisis they face as a regional community and serves as an unprecedented cooperation on combatting culture under threat.