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13:52 | 2010-02-17


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Iran-Turkey Agree to Boost Cultural, Educational Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Turkey agreed to boost cultural and educational ties and cooperation.

The agreement was made during a visit to Ankara by the Iranian Minister of Education, Hamid Reza Haji-Babaei.

Haji-Babaei who is in Turkey at an invitation by Turkish Minister of National Education Nimet Cubukcu, met with his Turkish counterpart as well as the country's Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay on Tuesday.

Regarding his meeting with Cubukcu, the Iranian minister of education described the talks as positive and expressed the hope that a protocol signed between the two countries for educational cooperation would open new horizons of cultural and educational ties for Tehran and Ankara.

Meantime, during their meeting in Ankara, the Iranian minister of education and Turkish minister of culture and tourism stressed the necessity for the promotion of cultural cooperation, specially in the field of education.

During the meeting, Gunay pointed to his last week visit to Iran, and described the visit as "useful and constructive".

Reminding good and close cooperation between the two neighboring countries, the Turkish minister of culture and tourism said that his country's government is trying to develop and deepen ties with Iran and open a new door for cultural cooperation.

The Iranian minister who also met with President of Turkey's High Council of Education Yusuf Ziya Ozcan on Tuesday, is due to meet with Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin and Head of Dianat Organization Ali Bardakoglu on Wednesday.