1121 GMT February 25, 2020
The longstanding cooperation has roots in the efforts of the educated and cultured people, said Jebreil Nokandeh in the opening ceremony of an exhibition and conference titled ‘Iran and Italy: 60 Years of Collaboration and Cultural Heritage’ in Tehran on Sunday," IRNA wrote.
This kind of relation is the most sustainable one, which is looked up to by politicians and statesmen and can be a pleasant perspective for the all-out relations among countries, said Nokandeh.
Iran is an important part of the millennia-old archeology of the world and is considered by many the terra incognita and the paradise of archeologists, Nokandeh added.
He said that the exhibition features 60 invaluable items that have been found as a result of joint efforts by Iranian and Italian archeologists in different sites in Iran.
Cooperation to continue
In an address to the ceremony, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, the Iranian deputy cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts minister, said cooperation between Iran and Italy in the field of preserving cultural heritages will continue.
Describing as similar methods used in Iran and Italy for the restoration of historical sites and buildings, he noted that one reason for this resemblance could be that a number of Iranian experts in this field have graduated from Italian universities.
“Such cooperation and friendly ties have convinced us to immediately consent to most of the proposals put forward by Italy in this filed.”
Islamic Revolution’s impact
Speaking at the same ceremony, Italian Ambassador to Iran Giuseppe Perrone said cultural cooperation between Italy and Iran has been expanded dramatically mainly after the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
He added the two sides have continued implementing joint projects in the fields of preserving historic monuments as well as carrying out academic research.
The event is aimed at celebrating 60 years of cooperation between Iranian and Italian archeologists as well as researchers, he said adding it displays mutual relations in the fields of excavating and preserving historic monuments.
A total of 52 posters and 60 historical objects that have been excavated through bilateral cooperation between Iranian and Italian archeologists are on display at the expo.
The exhibition will be open to visitors until December 1.