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13:30 | 2012-10-16


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Tehran, Baku Emphasize Expansion of Cultural Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyed Mohammad Hosseini and Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev in a meeting on the sidelines of the 12th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Baku emphasized expansion of bilateral ties, particularly in cultural fields.

During the meeting, the culture ministers of the two Muslim and neighboring countries conferred on expansion of cultural cooperation between two republics.

The two officials also expressed satisfaction over the successful holding of the culture weeks of the two countries in their capitals and it was agreed that in the year 2013 the Culture Week of Iran would be held in Baku and vice versa.

The Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic appreciated his Iranian counterpart for the screening of Iranian TV serials and full length future movies in Azerbaijan Republic TV and proposed that an Iran Film Week would be held in Baku.

Hosseini welcomed the idea and it was also agreed that the Iran Film Week would be held in Baku within the next three months.

Minister Garayev also informed the Iranian culture minister that Nezami Ganjavi Center has been established in Azerbaijan Republic's Gange city, inviting the Iranian scientists, academicians, and researchers to have close cooperation with that center.

He further informed the Iranian official that in the year 2011 altogether 407,000 Iranian tourists have visited Azerbaijan Republic, which comprised 20% of the republic's foreign tourists.

The Iranian culture and Islamic guidance minister at the end proposed Iran's potentials for attracting tourism in need of specialized hospital services, asking for bilateral cooperating in the field, as well as holding a conference on the matter in Baku in near future.

The Republic of Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west, and Islamic Republic of Iran to the south.

Iran has an embassy in Baku and a consulate-general in Nakhichevan City. Azerbaijan has an embassy in Tehran and a consulate-general in Tabriz. Both countries are full members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).