TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Massimo Bray will pay a visit to Iran within the next two weeks, Italian Ambassador to Tehran Luca Giansanti said in a Monday meeting.
“The Italian minister of cultural heritage and activities, heading a cultural delegation, will travel to Iran by the next two weeks. Therefore, we can prepare the ground for the expansion of our cultural relations,” Giansanti said in his meeting with Ali Moradkhani, the Iranian deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance.
The Italian ambassador also noted that the cultural relations between Tehran and Rome have always been in a good state.
“Fortunately, over the past six months, the conditions have improved a lot, and the volume of cultural interactions between the two countries has greatly increased,” he said.
The Iranian deputy minister, for his part, supported the idea of enhancement of cultural ties, noting that common ground exists between the two nations for broader cultural relations.
“We held the month-long exhibition of the Iranian musical instruments in the National Museum of Rome, which was a good program,” Moradkhani said, but at the same time called for more such events in the future.
Iran and Italy have stepped up efforts in recent months to strengthen bilateral relations.
In December 2013, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino travelled to Tehran for an official visit.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Bonino met her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani in her two-day long visit to Iran.
Bonino’s visit came after Zarif travelled to Rome in November at the invitation of his Italian counterpart to exchange views on regional and international matters.
She was the first Italian high-ranking official to visit Iran after almost ten years.
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