Iran discusses expansion of academic ties with Lebanon, Oman

Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi

Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian minister of science, researches and technology, in separate meetings with his Lebanese and Omani counterparts, explored avenues for further expansion of bilateral relations with the countries in the area of science.

During the meetings which were held in Tehran on Monday on the sidelines of a ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on science and technology, Mohammad Farhadi voiced Iran’s readiness to promote mutual cooperation with Lebanon and Oman in diverse areas of science, including an exchange of academics and students and joint projects on science and technology parks.

In his remarks, Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education Elias Bou Saab pointed to the agreements previously reached between some state-run Iranian and Lebanese universities, saying that Beirut is also willing to promote academic ties with private universities in Iran.

The Omani minister also emphasized that his country is ready to further boost academic and scientific cooperation with Iran and said there are many commonalities between the two countries, through which scientific relations can be strengthened more than ever.

The ministerial conference on science and technology opened in Tehran on Monday and will continue until Tuesday.

Representatives from 58 countries and international bodies, including 31 science ministers of the NAM member states, have taken part in the conference.

Delegations from some international institutions, such as the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), The D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8, and the African Union (AU), have attended the conference.

The Non-Aligned Movement is a group of states which are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.

By Tasnim News Agency