Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi says Tehran and Rome have great potential to enhance mutual relations in the fields of art and culture, reports the Persian-language Shabestan News Agency.
“Iran and Italy have many commonalities in the domains of civilization and culture, and I hope relations between the two countries will further expand, said the Iranian minister in a meeting with Italian Ambassador to Tehran Mauro Conciatori.
Salehi said the two countries have taken good joint measures, which will create good opportunities for the two sides to forge closer cooperation in the fields of culture and art.
He touched upon Italy’s presence at Tehran’s international book fair, saying Iran and Italy’s participating in book fairs held in the two countries will set the stage for writers and publishers of both sides to further expand their cooperation.
He also said written works should be translated into Persian and Italian.
The top Italian diplomat, in turn, said Tehran and Rome have a long history of cooperation in the fields of cultural and artistic activities.
He then touched upon Italy’s Cultural Week to be held in Tehran, adding Rome plans to conduct numerous cultural and artistic activities during the event.