Iran, Kyrgyzstan Stress Enhancement of Cultural Ties
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Bishkek Ali Najafi and Kyrgyz Minister of Culture and Tourism Ibrahim Junusov explored avenues for the further development of mutual cultural cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting held in Bishkek on Tuesday, Junusov highlighted the Iranian and Kyrgyz nations' religious and cultural commonalities, and called for the further development of bilateral ties between the two states in the field of culture.
He further added the two nations' strong morale and freedom-seeking nature could be a basis for the expansion of bilateral cultural relations.
Najafi, for his part, said Iran and Kyrgyzstan share abundant commonalities in the fields of culture and religion, and laid emphasis on the further expansion of bilateral ties in cultural, tourism, cultural heritage and handicrafts spheres.
Iran and Central Asia have in recent years accelerated their efforts to expand bilateral and regional cooperation in all the various fields.
Last October, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani voiced the Iranian lawmakers' full support for expanding relations and cooperation with Kyrgyzstan, and said Tehran is prepared to assist Bishkek with economic and industrial development.
The speaker voiced pleasure in the two countries' expanding cooperation in various sectors, and said, "Iran's abundant possibilities and capabilities in the different industrial and technological fields have prepared a significant ground for the consolidation of the friendly relations between the two states."
He further reiterated Iran's readiness to aid Kyrgyzstan in advancing its economic and industrial development plans.