0435 GMT July 22, 2019
Mehdi Sanaei made the remarks in a speech at the Manuscripts Institute of the Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersburg where he is taking part in the Seventh St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, IRNA reported.
In recent years, he said, St. Petersburg hosted many interesting programs the most important of which was the 2018 World Cup which attracted a large number of Iranian football fans and tourists.
Referring to the ongoing visit by Iran's Culture Minister Abbas Salehi to St. Petersburg, he hoped that the visit would give an impetus to cultural cooperation between the two countries.
After attending the inaugural ceremony of the forum, Salehi met Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky to discuss Tehran-Moscow cultural cooperation.
The forum's seventh edition opened in the Russian cultural capital Thursday and was attended by the culture ministers, senior political officials and representatives of international organizations.
The three-day meeting is a unique global cultural event, a discussion platform, which attracts several thousand cultural experts from all over the world each year.
The forum is organized 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.
St. Petersburg's park to be renamed 'Isfahan'
Based on an agreement with Russia, a park in St. Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital, will be named 'Isfahan', Sanaei said.
"There is good cooperation between cultural authorities in St. Petersburg and their counterparts in Isfahan," said Sanaei during a visit to a museum in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Russian Academy of Sciences to see the Persian manuscripts.
He added that the decision to name a park in St. Petersburg after Isfahan, and vice versa, was taken during a visit by Isfahan's governor general to the city.