0540 GMT July 18, 2019
He pointed to longstanding amicable ties between Iran and Armenia, saying, “Armenia’s Cultural Week will be held in Tehran with the aim of deepening and enhancing relations between the two countries, Mehr News Agency reported.
Located northwest of Iran, Armenia has a special significance in economic, political relations and longstanding cultural ties, he said.
Khachaturian expressed his satisfaction with strengthening bilateral relations in every field, adding that political, economic and cultural ties between the two sides were gradually boosted after the independence of Armenia in 1991.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran last year, at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation, is solid evidence behind good and amicable ties between Iran and Armenia, Khachaturian added.
He expounded on the cultural activities of Cultural Division of Armenian Embassy in Tehran, and added, “We hope that the first Cultural Week of Armenia will be held in Tehran by year’s end, which is a good opportunity for the two countries to broaden their cultural ties in particular.”
Speaking in an interview with IRNA, Khachaturian pointed to his recent meeting with Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohsen Javadi, saying that both sides agreed to hold Cultural Week, but it still needs preparatory work.
The event is to include an Armenian film festival, art and historical exhibits.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khachaturian referred to the making of the Armenian drama, ‘Yeva,’ directed by Anahit Abad, as one of the best examples of cultural cooperation between Iran and Armenia.
‘Yeva’ was selected as the Armenian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
The movie was jointly made by the Farabi Cinema Foundation and the National Cinema Center of Armenia.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khachaturian called for Armenian cultural figures’ presence in Iran, saying some of them, like Sayat-Nova, are famous in the Caucasus and in the world.
He said that the Armenian diplomatic mission is to hold a concert in Tehran and Tabriz.