0725 GMT February 25, 2020
He made the remarks in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Luo Shugang, IRNA reported.
Mounesan expressed readiness for maintaining cooperation with China in tourism and cultural fields in the framework of ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, adding Iran is able to allocate land to Chinese investors for constructing tourism sites.
Referring to good cooperation with Germany, France and Italy in repair of historical monuments and cultural heritage sites, he said that Iran is ready to cooperate with China in sharing experiences including exchange of cultural heritage researchers and experts.
Fortunately, Iran and China have good political ties, he said, adding that economic, cultural and tourism issues can be considered as the infrastructure of relations.
He also invited the Chinese minister to attend upcoming international and handicraft exhibition which is slated to be held in Tehran in February.
Pointing to the four-season climate of Iran, he said that the country has various tourist attractions.
Stressing Iranian officials’ determination to develop all-out relations with China, he said that Iran has adopted visa waiver for Chinese tourists and has put on the agenda the programs for introducing Iran to Chinese tourists.
Mounesan called on the Chinese diplomatic mission in Tehran to help train Iranian tour guides with the Chinese language.
He also called for a visa waiver program for Iranian tourists, saying that amicable relations are useful to advance the agenda.
Shugang expressed appreciation for Mounesan’s participation in the third Summit of Ancient Civilizations.
He said, “In addition to tourism and cultural issues, both countries will be able to have special position with regard to bilateral interactions.”
Developing tourism relations can help promote political ties, he added.
He described Iran and China as two ancient civilizations, adding China is ready to cooperate with Iran for training tour leaders.
Shugang suggested maintaining cooperation in restoration of historical monuments, cultural heritage and also in training experts.
He welcomed Iran’s membership in the Association of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.
The third Summit of Ancient Civilizations was held with the attendance of China, Iran, India, Iraq, Egypt, Armenia, Italy, Bolivia, Peru and Greece in Beijing, China.