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News number: 9107127271

18:27 | 2012-12-15

Culture

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Iran, Russia to Increase Cinematic Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Culture Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinskiy in a meeting in Tehran on Saturday underlined the two countries' enthusiasm for the further expansion of cooperation in the field of cinema.



"Russia is much interested in Iran's cinema and we know that the movies of the former Soviet Union are also welcomed in Iran," Medinskiy said during the meeting, adding that in a bid to fight back the western propaganda against the Iranian society, displaying Iranian movies in Russia can give an explicit and true image of the country to the Russian audience.

Hosseini, for his part, welcomed Medinskiy's proposal, and said his ministry is ready to hold talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to show Russian movies and documentaries, and reciprocally, provide Russia with Iranian movies to be displayed on Russian TV channels.

Iran and Russia have recently boosted efforts to develop their bilateral ties in cultural fields.

Russian Deputy Culture Minister Andrei Busygin and Head of Culture and Islamic Communications Organization of Iran Mohammad Baqer Khorramshad in a meeting in Moscow in June explored avenues for the further bolstering of the two countries' cultural relations.

The two sides emphasized the need for broader bilateral cultural cooperation, referring to the two nations' interest in each other's cultures, literatures, and arts.

Busygin referred to the special status of the Iranian culture and literature among the Russian people, arguing, "We are pursuing the policy of expanding relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran seriously."