Abbas Salehi was speaking in a meeting with the head of Indian Council for Cultural Relations Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who is currently in Tehran to attend the seminar 'Linguistic Relations between Persian and Sanskrit', IRNA wrote.
He placed special emphasis on the significance and influence of language and literature in the expansion of relations between countries.
Salehi pointed out that the two countries have a long history of amicable relations.
Turning to the opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, he added, "Iran and India enjoy high capacities and potentials for broadening cultural ties, so that language plays an important role in this field."
Elsewhere in his remarks, Salehi reiterated that Persian language and literature is one of the most important factors that provide significant opportunities for joint studies and communications between Iran and India.
The two countries can also collaborate in the field of linguistics and creative literary productions, he said, adding, "In this respect, universities and academic centers can play an important role in boosting bilateral cultural and artistic relations."
Turning to signing of cultural exchange programs between the two countries, he added, "Cultural exchanges have provided a good perspective for artistic and cultural cooperation and cinema is considered as one of these fields."
Solidarity, main asset for promoting cultural ties
Solidarity between Iranian and Indian nations is the most important asset for boosting cultural ties, said the head of Iran's Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO).
Abuzar Ebrahimi-Torkaman said in a meeting with Sahasrabuddhe that friendship between the two countries has gone beyond words and is based on solidarity.
Referring to cultural commonalities between Iran and India, he recalled that the first official cultural deal between the two countries dated back to 62 years ago and the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution paved the way for opening a new phase in bilateral ties.
The depth of cultural ties is such that no other countries were too close to each other throughout history, he said.
The Iranian official hailed Islam as a religion of peace and kindness, and said that it has peaceful relations with other faiths.
Sahasrabuddhe called for establishing a center of studies on religions in Iran, noting that Islam in Iran is an advanced type of Islam which looks at future and commands high respect across the world.
India has had longstanding relations with Iran, he said calling for further enhancing cultural ties between the two countries.