Shvydkoy hails Iran-Russia cultural affinities

TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) – President Putin’s special envoy for cultural affairs was among the foreign officials in the opening of the 29th edition of Tehran International Book Fair which honors Russia as a guest of honor.

“The 2014 meeting of President Rouhani and President Putin in Astrakhan opened a new chapter in the Iran-Russia relations,” said Mikhail Shvydkoy, the Special Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation to President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.

The former minister of culture of the Russian Federation made the remark on Tuesday in Tehran in the opening ceremony of the 2016 edition of Tehran International Book Fair which is held, in its 29th edition, at a new venue, in a new fair-ground in the southern outskirt of Tehran.

Shvydkoy, who is attending the event because the Russian Federation is the guest of honor at the 29th edition of the fair, hailed the growing status of bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow, and underlined that culture, economy, and technology are the major areas focused by the two countries to work on.

“The developments of the last decades in Iran proved that sanctions cannot stop a nation determined to make progress, and Iran and Russia share a lot of cultural affinities one of them to be the gradual process of changes, while the changes are necessary,” articulated President Putin’s special envoy to the 2016 TIBF, Mikhail Shvydkoy.

Naming a host of Iranian figures of international fame like Rumi, Khayyam, Fużūlī, and Avicenna, Shvydkoy stated that some of the ideas in the works of these famous Iranians are of the highest value to the cultural heritage of humankind.

 

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