Iranian tourism minister meets with Azeri culture minister

TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) – Iranian tourism minister held a meeting with visiting Azeri culture minister in Tehran to explore ways to expand bilateral cultural relations.

The Iranian Minister of Heritage, Culture, Tourism and Handicrafts, Sayyid Ezzatollah Zarghami held a meeting with visiting Anar Karimov, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tehran on Tuesday.

According to the public relations department of the Iranian ministry, in the meeting, the Iranian minister referred to the close and old relations between Iran and Azerbaijan in all cultural, social and political fields and added, "Our nations consider themselves close to each other and governments should do their best to remove obstacles and their proximity."

 He noted the importance of the Khodaafarin Bridge in relations between the two countries, saying, "This bridge, which is located on the border between the two countries, is a symbol of the establishment of a bridge of friendship between Iran and Azerbaijan."

 The Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts pointed to the areas of joint cooperation and added, "Preservation and restoration of historical monuments and buildings is one of the most important missions of this ministry.  I was very impressed by the destruction of mosques in Karabakh.  We are ready to cooperate in this field and to restore the mosques that were destroyed during the war in Qarabagh.  What needs to be destroyed today are the walls between nations, not the monuments."

Zarghami described the joint world records as a symbol of the connection and civilization solidarity between the two nations, saying, "The common world records on some issues, such as baking thin bread, miniatures and fiddles, show that these works belong to all of humanity.  "When we jointly submit a work to the world record, it means that the whole world owns it."
 The Minister of Heritage, Culture, Tourism and Handicrafts stressed the need to preserve the cultural and civilizational similarities between Iran and Azerbaijan and stated, "Culture must unite the countries.  Common enemies seek to differentiate and separate culture, but we must strive to unite all of humanity through common culture." 

Ganjavi's epic songs were named as one of the most important cultural commonalities between the two countries, adding, "This great and famous poet is one of the honors of humanity.  "We must pay attention to the content of his poems and use them to create unity."

Zarghami stressed the importance of registering a joint Iftar file with UNESCO, adding: "Iftar is an intangible heritage, a divine and human relationship that has been shared between our people and Azerbaijan for a long time, and its global registration is of special importance." 

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan described his first visit to Iran as coinciding with the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Iran and Azerbaijan, adding, "The political relations between the two countries are at a high level and this issue can support the improvement of other relations." 

He also stressed the cultural and civilizational commonalities of Iran and Azerbaijan and the strengthening of these cultural roots, as well as the development of cooperation in the fields of cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts. 

He also called for more contact between nations and unity, and expressed interest in developing the area between the two countries. 

 "Our relations are not only bilateral but also multilateral, and we have good relations within the framework of international organizations," Karimov said.  "When I was a member of UNESCO, the world registration of Iranian works was of special importance to me."

The registration of joint world monuments, the construction of mosques destroyed during the years of the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the revival of Islamic civilization in the region were other issues that the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan emphasized at the meeting. 

He also referred to the Khodaafarin Bridge as a Friendship Bridge, adding, "This bridge is the most important connecting route of the Silk Road between East and West, and we are trying to register it in UNESCO.  "We have prepared a memorandum of understanding for the registration of this bridge and sent it to you, which I hope will be signed during the trip to Baku." 

The meeting was attended by Ali Darabi, Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Javid Ramadan, Deputy Minister of State Services for Preservation, Development and Reconstruction of Azerbaijan's Cultural Heritage, and Aq Joonesh, Head of the Department of International Affairs of Azerbaijan. 

The Azeri culture minister Karimov visited the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in the south of Tehran to pay tribute to the founder of the Islamic Revolution on Monday. 

MNA

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