Iranians peace seeking, proud people: UN official

IRNA – Iranians are peace seeking, hospitable, and intelligent people and they have a proud history and culture, the United Nations Representative in Tehran Gary Lewis said.

Lewis made the remarks in the closing ceremony of a French week in the city of Kashan on Friday.

He pointed to a sentence inscribed on top of UN entrance, saying that this quotation by Iranian well-known poet, Saadi Shirazi, focuses on human’s proximity:

“Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul, If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain, If you have no sympathy for human pain, The name of human you cannot retain,” the poem reads.

“Iran and France enjoy strong ties and they both have ancient and proud civilizations,” Lewis said.

“Tourism could be a link between nations and tour guides would be able to strengthen these relations and to make nations closer,” he added.

“Also met collage artist Reyhaneh Fadavikashani also from Kashan. So much inspiring talent. Thanks to Kashan and France for organizing,” Lewis said in a twitter message on Feb 16.