Vatican seeks to expand cultural cooperation with Iran

TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) – Vatican’s 'culture minister' hailed the richness of Iranian culture and called for expansion of bilateral ties in different cultural scopes with Iran.

During a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Vatican, Taha Hashemi, in the Vatican City on Wednesday, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Gianfranco Ravasi, expressed hope that the two sides would boost their cultural ties, especially with a focus on strengthening the presence and increasing the activities of Iranian artists, painters, calligraphers and musicians in Vatican.

He highlighted the significance of Iranian cinema as well as Persian language and literature, and urged for making the necessary conditions to hold joint events showcasing religious movies and art works in the city of Vatican.

The Iranian official, for his part, said Iran is ready for boosting bilateral cooperation and exchanging delegations in a bid to deepen cultural and educational ties with the ecclesiastical state.

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