News ID: 132246
Published: 0749 GMT December 05, 2015

Iran, Germany to boost library cooperation

Iran, Germany to boost library cooperation

Iran and Germany are interested in stepping up cooperation in the library and national archives sectors, the head of Iran's National Library and Archives Reza Salehi-Amiri told IRNA in Berlin.

"We can benefit a great deal from Germany's experience in the sphere of national library and archives," he added.

'"The reason for my European trip is to benefit from their experience in terms of education, digitalization and preserving and repairing cultural manuscripts," Salehi-Amiri said at the end of his visit to Germany which took him to Munich and Berlin.

"We have a good historical experience with the Germans who built the Iranian national library, our national museum as well as many other Iranian cultural buildings," he added.

Salehi-Amiri noted that both sides agreed to increase the exchange of information and historical documents.

"We have agreed to exchange documents between Iranian national archive and its German counterpart. This will greatly benefit German and Iranian researchers since the information is really unique," he added.

A major focus of German-Iranian cooperation would be on digitalization of library and archive resources, he said adding the Germans were very advanced in this field.

"We have already acquired German-made scanners which can digitalize documents and make them accessible to researchers and scholars around the world," the official added.

Pointing out that Iran has more than 200 million pieces of valuable historical documents in its archives, Salehi-Amiri said that there are more than 3,000 files, containing tens of thousands of German-language documents.

He added Germany could also play an important role in preserving and repairing damaged historical manuscripts.

Furthermore, Iran proposed the hosting of a joint German-Iranian cultural exhibition as well as holding cultural weeks in Germany and Iran alternatively each year, Salehi-Amiri said.

He also highlighted joint plans to fight radicalism, extremism and terrorism in the Middle East. "Extremism has cultural and ideological roots. We plan to make a proposal on how cultural cooperation on this issue can ultimately eliminates terrorism in the Mideast," Salehi-Amiri pointed out.

Iran, as a rational actor in the region in terms of politics and religion, can help find a way to thwart this way of thinking, he noted.

During his three-day visit to Germany, Salehi-Amiri toured the Bavarian State Library in Munich and held talks with officials.

He also visited also the International Youth Library in Munich, the Munich Digitization Center and the Institute of Book and Manuscript Conservation.

In Berlin, he met the President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz) Hermann Parzinger.

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