Minister stresses Iran-Austria cultural ties

Tehran, Dec 21, IRNA – Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Ali Jannati, on Monday underlined revival of the Persian language and Iranology courses in Austrian universities and said Iran and Austria can cooperate in various fields, including publication and translation of their favorite books, music, theater, film, miniature and visual arts.
Speaking to Austrian Ambassador to Tehran, Friedrich Stift, in Tehran, Jannati said exchange of cultural and arts works, language teaching and music plays an influential role in expansion of mutual relations and acquaintance of oth nations with each other’s culture and civilization.

He said political, cultural and even economic relations between Iran and Austria are incomparable with their ties with other European countries and Iranian cultural attaches have been active in Vienna since a long time ago.

Jannati went on to say that exchange of visits by Iranian and Austrian officials and heads of state is a sign of their interest and willingness to expand bilateral relations and the history of relations between the two sides shows they have always been based on mutual respect.

He noted that in the past there had been dialogues between Iranian and Austrian religious leaders and various agreements were reached between Austrian universities and Tehran University of Medical Sciences, which have had influential role in expansion of bilateral relations.

He said during his visit to an Austrian university, he noticed works of Professor Miller who had written some works of Iranian poets in Persian, showing his interest in Iran and Iranian artists, he added.

The Minister also stressed strengthening of Iran-Austria friendship association which would help enhance Tehran-Vienna relations and make their nations acquainted with their culture, customs and traditions.

Stift, for his part, voiced his country’s willingness to promote relations with Iran in music, literature and photography and dialogue between Islam and Christianity, as well as exchange of students and expansion of bilateral scientific relations.



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