“The goal of our mission in Tehran is to help further bolster the deep cultural binds and unwind friendly relations between the two nations,” said Sevindik in an interview with IRNA.
He added that the institution is a bridge between Iran and Turkey.
“Our efforts are focused on promoting the capacities for boosting bilateral cultural relations and we are actually eyeing to create different friendship bridges between the two countries through culture and cultural commonalities,” Sevindik said.
Noting that his institutions began activity in Iran in 2012, he said, “In Iran, we are only active in Tehran, and have no branches in any other Iranian cities.”
He said that the institution organizes exhibitions, conferences and educational-artistic courses as well as screening films.
Sevindik expressed appreciation for the significance attached by IRNA to friendly relations between Iran and Turkey. He voiced his satisfaction with the activities of IRNA, English, saying that IRNA has taken a positive approach toward helping the expansion of cultural relations between Iran and Turkey.
Iran and Turkey have been friends and neighbors for centuries in West Asia and have a strong resolve to continue with their friendly relations, Sevindik said.
He added that it is natural that in such conditions, teaching the Persian language in Turkey and vice versa would be of special significance.
Persian and Turkish languages have been taught at universities of the two countries, he said, noting that at present there are chairs of Persian language at over 15 Turkish universities.
He added that the Turkish language and literature are taught at the Iranian universities of Allameh Tabataba’i and Orumiyeh.
Referring to the eagerness of the Turkish Ambassador to Iran Derya Ors for the expansion of cultural relations between the two countries and his efforts to create a chair of Turkish language at the University of Tehran, Sevindik expressed hope that the chair would be established in the near future.
He said that the Turkish ambassador attaches special significance to the activities of the Turkish institution in Tehran.
Sevindik said that the cultural body would sign a Turkology contract with the University of Tehran which can be another step in paving the way for cultural cooperation of the two countries.
Noting that the embassy does not have the necessary means for holding Turkish language courses, Sevindik said that the embassy mainly deals with tourism area while cultural affairs have been left to Yunus Emre.
Yunus Emre is a governmental institution founded on May 5, 2007, to promote friendship and boost Turkey’s cultural interaction with other countries, including Iran.
Rendering services in the areas of training in the Turkish language, history, culture and art as well as providing support for scientific activities are some of the activities of this institution.
The institution currently has centers in 58 countries.