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Persian Language Core of Cultural Diplomacy

Persian Language Core of Cultural DiplomacyPersian Language Core of Cultural Diplomacy

Teaching the national language in a foreign country is an important part of cultural diplomacy, and the policy is followed by several nations for decades.

Persian language is the most important aspect of Iranian national identity and a means of communication and cultural exchange with other countries in the post-sanctions era, when Iran’s international relations will see an impetus, said Mohammad Javad Zarif, minister of foreign affairs at the annual conference of the Sa’di Foundation (SF) in Tehran.

Zarif underlined the high level of global attention to Iranian and Islamic culture and civilization and said “the best use of this opportunity should be made,” IRNA reported.

All the existing potentials should be focused on Persian linguistic promotion, said First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri.

Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, head of SF, Ali Jannati, minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mokhber Dezfuli, secretary of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution and Mehdi Mohaqeq, a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature, were also present.

Emphasizing the need to focus on Persian language in the upcoming sixth five-year economic plan (2016-21), Jahangiri said extension of Iran’s official language to the international arena is a major task of the government, and asked the Management and Planning Organization (MPO) and the Foreign Ministry to support the foundation’s endeavors.

Haddad-Adel said measures taken so far to promote Persian language include training teachers, certifying competent learners and holding workshops and educational sessions.

Pointing to the objective of the annual conference, he said, “All organizations active in teaching Persian language to foreign residents gather at such meetings and present their achievements.”

“By teaching Persian language, we can extend Iranian culture and philosophical thoughts to other nations,” said Mohaqeq, suggesting book exchange programs as an influential tool toward achieving the goals. People interested in studying scientific and literary works originating in Iran will be driven to learn the language, he said.

The foundation established in October 2012 has offered Persian language programs to 50,000 foreign residents so far.