0547 GMT December 01, 2022
Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili said, for instance, holding arts and culture weeks could pave the way for deepening the two nations’ cultural relations, according to IRNA.
He also referred to a book-reading campaign titled, ‘Migrant of the Land of the Rising Sun,’ whose subject was a narrative book written by a Japanese author Konico Yamakura, who changed her name into Saba after marrying an Iranian man, Babaei, whose son was martyred during the Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988).
Esmaeili also condoled the Japanese ambassador on the assassination of the former Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, telling him that the Iranian nation has always had kind feelings for the Japanese nation, knowing that the Japanese are hardworking people, with a strong will.
He said that the development of political ties and comprehensive cooperation among countries is the first prerequisite for strengthening the bonds of friendship among nations and, fortunately, all those factors are present in relations between the Iranian and Japanese people.
The Japanese envoy, Ikawa Kazutoshi, said that Abe had played a decisive role in expansion of Iran-Japan bilateral ties.
Esmaeili also talked about a recent ceremony held to mark the 90th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
He also expressed delight that today the two countries’ relations are deep and strong.
Speaking on Martyr Babaei’s mother, the ambassador said that she was a very prominent personality, and her loss is quite sad, as she has presented very precious translations from Persian to Japanese, arguing that her popularity among the Iranian people is exemplary.
The Japanese envoy also talked about holding Japan cultural months in the future in Tehran, Tabriz, and Kish, and invited the Iranian minister to participate in it.