Iranian diplomat: Iran Eager to Promote Cultural Ties with Pakistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran is eager to promote cultural ties with Pakistan and its cultural centers are making active contributions in this regard, an Iranian diplomat said.
"Cultural activities between Iran and Pakistan should be encouraged to bring people of the two countries close to each other," Mortaza Saheb Fosool, Cultural Counselor of the Iranian Embassy in Pakistan, said during an exclusive interview with the Islamic republic news agency on Sunday.
He added that exhibition of Iran's superior handicrafts, paintings exhibition, photographs displaying modern Iran and seminars related to Iranian culture and history are among the programs planned for the cultural week.
The diplomat said that a group of eight artists has come to Pakistan to take part in the programs of Cultural week.
Fosool said that the cultural center has also organized a film festival of latest Iranian films that would be shown with subtitles in English. He added that next time the Iranian films would be shown in dubbed Urdu language.
Explaining the programs of the center, he said that on February 12 a book of renowned Iranian writer and a former Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel would be launched in Pakistan. He said that the National Language Authority has published the book in Urdu language.
"We hope that Pakistani people will appreciate our efforts and to better understand our culture," he added.
Fosool said that such programs would also help to expand cultural exchanges between the two nations.
"Pakistan has the honor of having a cultural heritage which is rooted in centuries of Persian language and literature," he added.
He said that earlier Persian was the official language of sub-continent and most of the great philosophers and Pakistani poets had worked in Persian.
"Without learning Persian, the Pakistanis cannot know much about their history."
He said that people of both the countries are very close mentally and they share same sentiments for each other.
"Relations of both the countries are based on historical foundations and both have been enjoying friendly relations for so many years," he said.
Saheb Fosool said that Iran and Pakistan has seen many ups and down in the bilateral relations but every event in the history of Pakistan has proved that Iran is the best friend of Pakistan.
"Pakistan will not be able to find a friend better than Iran."
He said that Iran is helping a lot to Pakistan in improving the standard of education in Pakistan. "But we think that there is lot of work needs to be done in this sector."
"We are ready to cooperate with Pakistan and the present circumstances are very helpful in promoting the bilateral ties," he added.
Saheb Fosool said that Iranian cultural centre couldn't be compared to the cultural centers of western countries working in Pakistan. He added that people of Pakistan share same religion and culture so they prefer Iranian cultural centers.