News ID: 209403
Published: 0302 GMT February 04, 2018

Iran, UK discuss joint cultural cooperation

Iran, UK discuss joint cultural cooperation

Iran and British Museum held talks on cooperation in the art and culture sector highlighting the need to define short-term, medium-term and long-term ties in these areas.

In a meeting between Iran's Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad and Director of the British Museum Hartwig Fischer, the two sides also focused on the significance of Iran in the cultural field and its great civilization, wrote IRNA.

Baeidinejad said in a Twitter message released on Sunday, "After the meeting with the director of the British Museum and discussing great potential in the two countries for collaboration, I had the opportunity to visit Iran's section in the museum which keeps many ancient Iranian artifacts including the Cyrus Cylinder."

Fischer was satisfied with his first visit to Iran and was really impressed by the rich Iranian civilization, Baeidinejad said.

Fischer considers Iran's civilization as very influential in the Middle East and Anatolia from one side and India and China from the other, he stated.

The British curator referred to Pasargadae and Persepolis as one of the rarest human civilization heritages, the ambassador added.

Pasargadae was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great who had issued orders for its construction. It is also the location of his tomb.

Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It is situated 60km northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture.

During his trip to Iran two months ago, Fischer visited National Museum of Iran, Islamic Era Museum and Iran-Armenia museum.

Fischer, has visited Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Iran and Islamic Era Museum in December 2017. He is a German art historian who was selected to helm the British Museum in April 2016. He is the first ever non-British director of the museum since 1866.

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