Monday, August 02, 2004

Iran, Armeniakeen to expand cultural ties

Iran, Armeniakeen to expand cultural ties: "Iran, Armeniakeen to expand cultural ties

Tehran, Aug 2, IRNA -- A visiting high ranking Armenian delegation and officials from Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Department in a meeting here Monday reached agreement on cooperating in the field of urban architecture and bolstering cultural ties. A report released by the Public Relations Department of Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Department said that the meeting mainly focused on urban development and culture.

Head of Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Department Esfandiar Rahim Mosha`ie referred to Iranian Armenians as good citizens and said that their crucial role in pivotal occasions such as the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Sacred Defense as well as in cultural, political and social affairs is quite evident. He referred to peaceful coexistence between Armenians and Iranians as an exemplary model for all world nations.

Turning to the experience of Tehran Municipality in seeking the expertise of other countries to optimize the architecture of the capital city, he expected close cooperation with Armenian architects in future. The official also hoped to sign official agreements for expansion of mutual ties in the domains of art and culture. For his part, Armenian Deputy Minister of Culture Gagik Gurjian pointed to the history of Iran-Armenia cultural and artistic cooperation and appreciated Iran`s special interest in such collaboration.

Turning to the submersion of the significant religio-historical monument of
Zorzor church in West Azarbaijan province, he said, "The ancient church was restored at a higher altitude through joint efforts of Irano-Armenian experts and engineers. Pointing to the restoration of the archaic church as a great achievement, he said that the issue is currently being examined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO).
"In addition to cooperation between the two countries in the field of architecture, Iran and Armenia can also cooperate in other fields such as introducing the religious and spiritual feasts," he concluded."

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