Good morning. It is a pleasure for me to stand amidst these remarkable historic structures and announce the completion of our restoration project here at the Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex. The tombs behind me are the final resting place of the renowned artists and female leaders of the Qutb Shahi dynasty – Taramati and Premamati – and a vital part of the treasured history of this region.
The U.S. investment of $103,000 in this project represents our longstanding commitment to a strong partnership with India in the field of cultural heritage preservation. In fact, this is our third project in Hyderabad under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
For twenty years, the United States has partnered with countries across the globe through the Ambassadors Fund to demonstrate U.S. leadership in the preservation of cultural heritage. The United States maintains an enduring respect for India’s diverse culture, and is committed to helping conserve the stories, experiences, and architectural wonders of humanity that are spread throughout this land.
It was especially meaningful to be part of the team that helped transform the understanding of archeologists of the earliest architecture here at the Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex, through our first Ambassadors Fund grant in 2014. Thank you to all of our partners from the Government of Telangana and the Aga Khan Foundation who helped make this project a reality.