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17:06 | 2012-12-10


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FM Spokesman: Cultural Productions to Help Iranians, Pakistanis Find out Realities

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast highlighted the importance of exchanging cultural productions for familiarizing both the Iranian and Pakistani nations with the realities existing in their societies.

Mehman-Parast made the remarks in a meeting with Pakistani Sindh Minister of Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar Ul Haq on Sunday.

The Iranian diplomat said that Iran and Pakistan could benefit from each other's cultural productions for further identifying the realities of both countries.

Mehman-Parast reiterated the necessity of expanding media and cultural cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan.

On Saturday, Mehman-Parast and Pakistan's press officials stressed further expansion of bilateral ties and cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad in media and tourism fields.

Speaking at a meeting with Pakistani press and media officials in Pakistan on Saturday, Mehman-Parast highlighted Tehran and Islamabad's cultural commonalities, and called for the development of mutual media cooperation between the two states in a bid to reflect the realities in the region.

He further urged the two countries' travel agencies to boost their activities to facilitate reciprocal visits and interactions by the Iranian and Pakistani nationals.

During the meeting, Head of Pakistan's Geo TV Channel Shahrokh Hassan laid emphasis on the necessity of mutual media cooperation between the two neighboring countries, and stressed that this should be the regional media, and not the western and alien agencies, which should release the news of developments in Islamic countries.

Also during the meeting, Pakistani War Daily's Editor Nazir Baqari reiterated Iran's remarkable cultural and media capabilities, and asked for the introduction of Iranian culture and civilization to the Pakistani nation as well as the further development of cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad in the spheres of media and press.

Late in June, Iranian and Pakistani officials signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start media cooperation.

The agreement was inked by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Vice President Mohammad Hossein Sufi and Radio Pakistan Director-General Murtaza Solangi in Islamabad.

Under the MoU, the two organizations will arrange short-term training courses to improve the professional skills of their staffers. They will also exchange production teams with the aim of producing programs of cultural and historical backgrounds of the two countries.

The two organizations will broadcast programs from their radio channels on their national days.

The two sides will also take part in festivals, conferences and other radio forums in their countries besides cooperating in technical areas.