TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (MNA) -- The Iranian city of Mashhad and the Pakistani city of Lahore have been named twin cities according to an agreement recently signed by Mashhad Municipality’s cultural delegation and Pakistani cultural officials in the city of Lahore, the mayor of Mashhad announced on Monday.

 

“The two cities have many historical, cultural, and social affinities,” Seyyed Hashem Banihashemi added.

 

“There are also plans to name a street in Lahore after Iranian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi and to name a street in Mashhad after Pakistani poet Iqbal Lahori,” he stated.

 

According to the agreement, the two sides will exchange experiences in the fields of civil engineering and renovation of historical and cultural sites, hold commercial exhibitions, and promote pilgrimage and sightseeing tours, he explained.

 

Mashhad is home to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), which is one of the world’s most visited religious sites, and has a population of about 2 million.

 

Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan and the provincial capital of Punjab. It is one of the cultural and academic centers of the country and has a population of about 8 million.

 

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