1046 GMT December 14, 2019
Philippe Thiébaud made the remarks in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), stressing that media cooperation should be strengthened between the Iranian news agencies and Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Commenting on the media’s key role in the contemporary world, he added, “The two countries’ news agencies can prepare the ground for the public opinion’s better access to accurate and authentic news to help present a real and clear image of the two states to the world and enable the international community to form a realistic understanding of them.”
Turning to Iran’s tourism attractions, the ambassador added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is home to abundant historical and cultural attractions with breathtaking views.”
Pointing to his recent visit to the historical city of Isfahan in central Iran, he added, “We have undertaken efforts to help French tourists build up a better and more realistic understanding of Iran’s culture and civilization.”
The French envoy described Iran as a safe and secure destination for foreign tourists, expressing his country’s interest in promotion of multilateralism and establishment of relations among states based on respect and equality.
He said Iran’s cinema and film industry has a good reputation in France, adding leading Iranian cineastes have managed to win prizes at Cannes and other international film festivals.
Thiébaud said the presence of Iranian films in Paris and their achievements in festivals held in France is indicative of the French people’s interest in Iran’s culture, civilization and realities.
Cinema and film help the people of the two country acquire a better understanding of each other, he noted, stressing that, “We are highly interested in such collaborations.”