News ID: 236024
Published: 0307 GMT December 18, 2018

Iran stresses media cooperation with Afghanistan

Iran stresses media cooperation with Afghanistan

Iran's Deputy Culture Minister Mohammad Soltanifar, in a meeting with members of Afghanistan's Joint Committee of Government and Media, stressed the need to promote media cooperation between both countries.

He added that development of media diplomacy is Iran's priority in the cultural sector, Mehr News Agency reported.

Hailing the commonalities between the two countries, Soltanifar noted that since the Afghans enjoy a special status among Iranian people, well-defined laws have been passed for their presence in Iran.

A total of 430,000 Afghan students and 27,000 university students are studying in Iran, he said, noting that 12,000 Afghan students have graduated from Iranian universities.

"We expect the Afghan media to make efforts to prevent ties between the two countries from being subject to political games," he said.

Currently, 171 foreign media from 34 countries have representative offices in Iran and 310 reporters including 100 foreign reporters are working in them, he said.

Soltanifar voiced Iran's readiness to boost media interaction with Afghanistan, stressing the need for regular exchanges between the two countries' media.

Noting that the interests of the two countries should not be sacrificed for political gains, he called for setting up a joint working group of Iranian and Afghan media.


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