Former Iranian amb. urges strengthening cultural ties between Iran, Tajikistan

TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) – Former Iranian Ambassador to Tajikistan Ali-Ashraf Mojtahed Shabestari called for strengthening and enhancing cultural commonalities and popular communications between the two countries of Iran and Tajikistan.

Currently, joint cultural programs are followed up between Iran and Tajikistan seriously, he stressed.

Tajikistan is regarded as a part of great Khorasan and for this purpose, Iran has more cultural and ethnical commonalities with neighboring Tajikistan, he said, adding, “it is a matter of happiness to say that Tajik people attach great importance to their Iranian counterparts.”

Islamic Republic of Iran was the first country that set up its embassy in Tajikistan after the collapse of USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republic), he maintained.

He further noted to strengthening popular relationship between the two countries of Iran and Tajikistan and said, “for this purpose, Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Association was set up in 2007, so that we could strengthen ties between people of the two countries significantly.”

“We are following up common cultural activities in Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Association,” he said, adding, “although Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) are suffering from shortage of financial resources, it was tried to promote cultural relationship between the two countries through commemorating luminaries, organizing exhibitions of book and night of poetry.”

Shabestari proposed setting up a permanent secretariat for the collection of bilateral researches that can increase knowledge of people of the two countries on luminaries and distinguished personalities.

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