News ID: 262830
Published: 0233 GMT December 11, 2019

Spokesman: Persian language promotion plays key role in Iran’s public diplomacy

Spokesman: Persian language promotion plays key role in Iran’s public diplomacy

Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi highlighted the importance of teaching the Persian language and said that promoting the language as well as Iranian studies are of paramount importance for Iran’s public diplomacy.

He made the remarks at a meeting with the staff of the Sa’di Foundation in Tehran, adding that language and literature are among the main measures of public diplomacy in all countries, IRNA reported.

“Although the Persian language has been widely recognized in the world, we should make efforts to promote it to a wider audience,” he said.

The top diplomat expressed the Foreign Ministry’s readiness for boosting cooperation with the literary body.

There are also programs for teaching the Persian language to the third and fourth generations of the Iranian diaspora, he said.

It is also suggested that a workgroup consisting of the Sa’di Foundation and the Foreign Ministry staff be formed to investigate common programs and plans for promoting the Persian language, he said.

Director of the Sa’di Foundation Gholamali Haddad Adel said that training non-Iranian instructors for teaching the Persian language in their countries would be highly advantageous, he said, adding that the move would decrease the cost of delegating teachers to other countries and the language would be taught according to international standards.

Haddad Adel compared Sa’di Foundation with the Goethe Institute in Germany, L’Alliance française in France, and the Yunus Emre Institute in Turkey.

He asked the Foreign Ministry to help the foundation in introducing the body during next year’s symposium in which several ambassadors will take part.





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