As Algeria’s cultural week is underway in Tehran, Culture ministers of Iran and the North African country underlined the need for developing cultural relations between the two countries.
Iran’s Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri in a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ezzeddine Mihoubi on Monday pointed to the commonalities between the two countries in view of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 and Algerian War of Independence (1954–62), and said that Iran and Algeria have a long history of ties in the economic, political and cultural fields.
According to a report by IFP, Algerian minister of culture hailed Iranians’ hospitality and mentioned Ferdowsi as one of the most well-known literary figures in Iran.
Pointing to Iran’s achievements in recent years, he said that boosting cultural relations between the two countries is a necessity.
Mihoubi added that Algeria and Iran reached an agreement to cooperate in areas such as cinema, book fairs and restoring manuscripts.
Algerian Cultural Week began in Tehran on Monday in a ceremony attended by the culture ministers of the two countries.
Iran’s cultural week was held in Algeria last year with the participation of groups of Iranian artists.
The event took place within the context of a cultural agreement to make the people of the two countries more familiar with each other’s culture, customs and tradition.
The cultural week has been jointly organized by Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), Algerian Ministry of Culture, Iran’s Cultural Center in Algiers as well as Iran National Library and Archives.
During the week, Algerian poets and writers are to hold meetings in Alzahra University and Allameh Tabataba’i University and Algerian musicians will perform traditional music, Iran Daily and ISNA reported.
There will also be an exhibition of visual arts, handicrafts and traditional attires. Five movies will be screened and an exhibition on local and traditional foods will be held during the event.