The Italian envoy made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony to launch the joint Iran-Italy project for the development of cultural heritage and tourism industry in Tehran.
He said what made Iran a special country was not limited to its considerable cultural heritage and diversity, but rather the nation’s generosity and warm-heartedness.
Iran is a country that deserves a larger number of tourists, said the official, adding that once visitors enter Iran, they recognize its great historical, natural and cultural attractions.
In regards to the familiarity of Italians with Iranian culture, Perrone said that due to the “constant exchange throughout the years”, the two nations are “very familiar” with each other’s culture.
On interactions between the two countries in various areas, the ambassador noted that even now there are a lot of Iranian students studying in Italy who form the country’s largest “foreign student community”.
Answering a question on the quantity and quality of the newly-launched cultural project, Perrone said, “I think it is of high significance because it’s about promoting cultural heritage.”
He also said that “the project aims to make sure that Iran develops its capabilities to attract larger number of foreign tourists and better organize its tourism industry.”
He further noted that “the project will have a follow-up mission by Iranian cultural entrepreneurs’ visit to Italy to familiarize with Italians experiences in terms of cultural heritage, tourism, and handicrafts.”
About the scope of projects done by Italians in Iran, the ambassador said, “This is not the first and definitely not the last project. Iran and Italy have had decades of cooperation in cultural projects. Iranian and Italian people are linked because they are both heirs of ancient civilizations, so there is a lot that people from Iran and Italy have to exchange.”
Elaborating on recent cultural cooperation between both countries, he said that “last week, Italians and Iranian celebrated the 60th anniversary of their relationship in the area of archeology and culture in Tehran.”
The official made reference to the start of his mission in Tehran six months ago, saying he was “impressed” by the kind of cooperation and interest he found in Iran during that period.