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News number: 9107168440

19:25 | 2013-05-08

Culture

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Iran, Qatar Stress Deepening of Cultural Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Qatari Minister of Culture and Heritage Hamad bin Abd al-Aziz al-Kawari in a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday underlined the need for the expansion of bilateral ties and mutual cooperation, specially in cultural fields.



The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 1st meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) culture ministers here in Tehran today.

During the meeting, Larijani and al-Kawari explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating cultural relations between Iran and Qatar.

Iran and Qatar have recently augmented efforts to further expand ties and cooperation in all the different political, economic, defense, security and cultural fields.

The two Persian Gulf littoral states recently signed several protocols to increase mutual cooperation.

The 1st meeting of ACD culture ministers opened here yesterday. Culture ministers from 32 ACD member states are reviewing cultural interactions during the two-day event.

The ACD was formed in June 2002 in Cha-Am, Thailand, where 18 Asian Foreign Ministers met together for the first time. The ACD is a continent-wide forum, the first of its kind in Asia. More specifically, the ACD aims to constitute the missing link in Asia by incorporating every Asian country and building an Asian Community without duplicating other organizations or creating a bloc against others.

The ACD member states include Iran, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, The Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Mongolia, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Bahrain.