News ID: 234338
Published: 0307 GMT November 16, 2018

Salehi calls for formation of Iran-Russia cultural consortium

Salehi calls for formation of Iran-Russia cultural consortium

Iran’s Culture Minister Abbas Salehi declared on Friday that formation of a cultural consortium may result in expansion of relations and interactions between Iranian cultural sectors and Russian Iranology foundations.

He made the remarks in a gathering with Russian Iranologists in Oriental Studies Institute in Saint Petersburg, IRNA reported.

By establishment of such a consortium, cultural relations could be developed more strongly and connections among related experts could further expand, said the minister.

Salehi said that Iranian universities have established good connections with Russian Iranology centers.

The Iranian minister also extended congratulation on the 200th anniversary of establishment of Saint Petersburg Oriental Studies Institute.

He said that more than 500 Russian Iranologists have in the past 200 years introduced Iran from different angles to the world people.

Salehi added that there are thousands of Persian manuscripts in Russian libraries.


Expansion of cultural ties

Salehi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Medinsky in another meeting on Friday called for promoting Iran-Russia relations in various cultural fields.

The meeting took place following the inaugural ceremony of 7th Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum which is being attended by the culture ministers of several countries, senior political officials and representatives of international organizations.

Appreciating the Russian government's assistance in organizing Iran Cultural Week in Russia, Salehi hoped that Russia Cultural Week would be held in Iran next year.

Medinsky expressed his country's readiness to expand all out relations with Iran.

Salehi said necessary infrastructures are also prepared for expanding ties between Iran and Russia in various cultural fields.

"The cultural committee that has been formed as part of the Iran-Russia Cooperation Commission has brought new opportunities for both countries to expand cultural relations," Salehi said.

Salehi left for Moscow on November 15 to take part in the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

He hoped that talks with Russian cultural officials and figures during his visit will usher into new events.

"Iran and Russia have long-lasting ties and have drawn new frameworks for cooperation over recent decades, which have resulted in fruitful cultural agreements and exchanges," he underlined.

The three-day forum is a unique cultural event of the world level, a discussion platform, which attracts annually several thousand cultural experts from all over the world. This year's event is covering a wide range of topics in 15 sections including those on education, tourism, cinema, arts and museums.

The forum is held by the Government of St. Petersburg with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


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