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National Library of Wales should be 'given prominent role'

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Media captionRhodri Glyn Thomas said the National Library of Wales is a "unique institution"

The National Library of Wales should be given a "far more prominent role" by the Welsh Government, its president has said.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas raised concerns about the Aberystwyth facility in the wake of the vote for Brexit.

He told BBC Wales there was a danger that Wales could be seen as a "region rather than a country" if national institutions are not strengthened.

The Welsh Government said it recognises the "important role" of the library.

Mr Thomas described the library as a "unique institution", and said the Welsh Government should use it to "to create a sense of nationhood and identity".

He denied this was an attempt to ask for more funding.

In response, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said: "We recognise the important role that the National Library and other sponsored bodies play in Welsh public life, as valued partners who support and contribute towards many Welsh Government strategic initiatives and programmes."

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