Iranian culture minister meets counterpart from Ghana

TEHRAN, Sept. 14 (MNA) -- Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini met with his counterpart from Ghana on Monday and discussed boosting bilateral ties.

Hosseini met Ghana’s Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture Alexander Asum-Ahensan in his office at the Culture Ministry where he stressed on promoting the Persian language in different countries as one of Iran’s major objectives.

“I have been in Africa over the years and I am quite familiar with the atmosphere of the region. Iran pays special attention to the continent of Africa,” Hosseini said.

“Iran has been collaborating with Ghana since 1985 to boost cultural relations. In contrast to some Western countries, there is peace and freedom of speech for different religions in Ghana and we are ready to expand our cultural ties,” he said.

Alexander Asum-Ahensan also expressed his satisfaction to be in Iran and described prospects of increasing bilateral relations between the two countries as promising. “We have signed several cultural agreements with Iran to all of which we have been faithful and we are eager to develop our ties.

Iran has also provided Ghana with medical facilities including establishing a well-equipped hospital along with 41 ambulances, he remarked.

He added, “We would like to expand this relationship and would like Iran to train several individuals from Ghana in the fields of administration of museums and restoration services, and preservation of historical monuments.”

He also asked for collaborating in theater and cinema to learn more about the artistic experiences of Iran.

Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari, also present at the meeting, said that Iranian cinematic colleges can train students from Ghana. Iran can also set up several courses for enthusiastic students here in Iran and hold workshops back in Ghana.

Shamaqdari also proposed joint cinematic productions with Ghana in the future.

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