1235 GMT May 06, 2021
Iran’s cultural attaché in Spain emphasized that in order to institutionalize Persian language training in Spain, Persian language chairs must be established at the universities of this country, as in other European countries.
Mohammad-Mehdi Ahmadi added that a memorandum of understanding should be signed between Tehran and Madrid at the ministerial level. Otherwise attempts to hold Persian language courses might be foiled, IRNA reported.
The departments of Islamic Studies and Arab Studies consider the Persian language to be a serious rival and try to prevent the formation of Persian language chairs in Spanish universities, Ahmadi said, adding that the reason is the traditional and historical influence of the Arabs in Spain, especially the political influence of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in this country.
Ahmadi also highlighted the need for financial support and funding, strengthening the process of Iranian studies, alleviating the shortage of experienced instructors, strengthening the relations between Iranian and Spanish universities, establishing alumni associations and professors of Persian language and literature, increasing the promotion of Persian language, expanding training in cyberspace to remove obstacles and expand Persian language education in Spain.