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Promoting Cultural Ties

Promoting Cultural TiesPromoting Cultural Ties

Culture ministers from China, Ukraine, Bangladesh and Thailand have expressed interest in expanding cultural ties with Iran.

At the first Silk Road International Cultural Expo, September 20-21 in the city of Dunhuang, northwest China, Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati conferred with his foreign counterparts.

Culture ministers Luo Shugang of China, Yevhen Mykolayovych Nyshchuk of Ukraine, Asaduzzaman Noor of Bangladesh and Thailand's Vira Rojpojchanarat called for building and developing cultural interaction with Iran, IRNA reported.

In the meeting with Noor, the two sides stressed on cultural cooperation, with Jannati expressing hope that the two Muslim countries could strengthen ties in various areas. “Iran has established cultural centers in Dhaka (the capital and largest city in Bangladesh) and has close relations with different cultural and academic centers there.”

"Iran welcomes programs that would help familiarize Iranians with Bangladeshi culture," the minister said, and expressed readiness to establish Dhaka's cultural center in Iran.

Noor expressed enthusiasm for development of mutual relations. "Bangladesh is eager to hold a cultural festival of Iranian films," he said.

The two sides also discussed translation of Persian books into Bengali and vice versa. Noor invited Jannati to visit his country.

In talks with Rojpojchanarat, Jannati suggested exchange of films, TV series, art exhibitions and hosting cultural week programs between Iran and Thailand. The Thai minister, referring to Iran's long history and civilization, was positive about cultural exchanges and expansion of mutual ties in various areas.

Ukraine's minister of culture expressed readiness to develop educational cooperation, including academic exchanges with Iran.  

After the Silk Road International Cultural Expo, Jannati visited the 5th China-Eurasia Expo (September 20-25) held in the city of Urumqi, Xinjiang Province. He returned home on September 22.