0330 GMT April 23, 2018
"The common history of Iran and its neighbors reveals that our country over the past centuries has been influential in shaping the regional and global developments," Mohammad-Javad Zarif said, addressing the first conference on the History of Iran International Relations in Tehran, IRNA reported.
The Iranian top diplomat went on to praise Iranians as the people living in a country with an ancient civilization and long history who from the very early days have been eager to establish relations with other nations. “As a nation we have been tempered in the furnace of history.”
Located at the historical crossroad of old times, Iran used to provide a safe passage for caravans, facilitating their exchanges of goods, ideas and cultures, while affecting the whole process, the Iranian foreign minister added.
Zarif also urged a closer look at the Iranian history, its cultural exchanges with the countries around it and Iran's engagements with its neighbors.
“This could provide us with a strong basis for promoting today's relations,” he said.