The Tripoli railway station, Lebanon, Friday, July 21, 2017. (The Daily Star/Betsy Joles)
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For several decades at the beginning of the 20th century, the railway station at Tripoli was the terminus of the famed Orient Express line.While the majority of the network is abandoned and steadily falling into disrepair, the station at Tripoli looks set to be granted a new lease on life, thanks to a protocol signed last week by the Lebanese Railways and Transport Authority – part of the Public Works and Transport Ministry – and the Turkish Tourism Ministry's Cultural Heritage and Museums department. Ayse Kormaz, second secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Lebanon, said that the project was "just a beginning" for Turkey's potential future investment in Lebanon's cultural heritage.Kormaz said that Turkey was undertaking 5,000 similar projects around the world that share a "common cultural heritage" with Turkey. ... Let's hope [Turkey] will continue guiding the railway authority".He noted disagreements with previous projects carried out on the railway network in the past.
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