1225 GMT December 16, 2019
The TIBF was inaugurated in a ceremony attended by high-ranking Iranian officials, including Iran's Culture Minister Abbas Salehi.
Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljević was also present in the opening ceremony as Serbia was named the special guest country of the international event.
This year, the fair is hosting 20 publishers from Serbia and 18 participants from Tunisia as special guests.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was slated to deliver a speech at the ceremony but did not attend the event.
Publishers and representatives of 53 foreign countries including Germany, China, Hungary, Austria, Russia and Iraq are present at the fair. The fair will promote the motto 'No, to Not Reading Books' this year.
The Quintessence International Publishing Group and the Walter de Gruyter GmbH from Germany, the New York-based company Demos Medical Publishing, as well as the CRC Press, LLC, a publishing group from the US are among the attending publishers.
Tehran International Book Fair is held annually as a social and cultural event with book displays, panel discussions and publishing deals.
The 31st Tehran International Book Fair will run until May 12. More than 500 foreign publishers are participating in the fair which is being held in an area 4,300 square meters.