0538 GMT September 29, 2022
Iran’s Culture Minister Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili underlined the development of cultural ties between Tehran and Islamabad.
He made the statement in his meeting with Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tehran Rahim Hayat Qureshi in Tehran on Wednesday, IRNA wrote.
Referring to the cultures and civilizations of Iran and Pakistan, the minister said, “The two countries have much in common and many of our cultural luminaries have had cultural activities in some parts of Pakistan.”
Esmaeili said Iranians are familiar with Pakistan’s dignitaries, adding during the past century, Pakistan’s cultural figures including Iqbal Lahori, have received considerable attention in Iran.
The minister also highlighted the need for joint meeting between two countries’ culture ministers with the aim of signing memorandum of understanding on cultural programs.
The minister called for holding cultural weeks and sisterhood agreements between Iran and Pakistan’s big cities.
Referring to Iran-Pakistan cultural and civilizational commonalities, Rahim Hayat Qureshi said Pakistan’s official language has been Persian for 800 years.
The Pakistani envoy called for joint cinematic cooperation, adding both countries could make films about their prominent figures.
“We are very proud that Iran’s culture and Islamic minister has a deep understanding of culture,” Qureshi said, adding, “We are interested in expanding cultural relations with Iran in various fields.”