0138 GMT February 21, 2019
Director of Sistan-Baluchestan Culture Department Hossein Mesgarani told IRNA, "The congress aims at developing the culture of empathy to reinforce ties between Islamic faiths."
He noted that 1,021 works in Persian, Baluchi, Turkish, Kurdish, Turkmen and Urdu as well as in Pashto and Sistani dialects were submitted to the secretariat of the congress.
"The congress has two sections namely modern and classic poetry and the works were judged by a panel of 12 prominent jury members," he added.
"In addition to Iranian poets, literary figures from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan also sent their works to the congress," Mesgarani pointed out.