IBNA- In a meeting with Culture Minister Seyyed Abbas Salehi, German Ambassador to Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold said the participation of Iranian publishers at 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair proves an interest in expanding cultural ties with Germany.
According to IBNA correspondent, quoting from the public relations department of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Salehi said at the meeting that since the government of President Rouhani took office, several opportunities have been provided for improving cultural relations between Iran and Germany and we hope this process continues to evolve.
“Iran and Germany have enjoyed long-standing relations which have been deepened in the course of history. Both countries are determined to boost their cultural ties,” he said.
“The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is decisive to open new windows of cultural communication with Germany since the two nations have many common cultural grounds. The Iranian society has always been interested in German culture, the school of thought and art and follows German philosophical ideas. In different periods of time, Germany has been a good partner for Iran,” Salehi added.
Referring to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Culture Minister said that the European countries, particularly Germany, have tried to support the agreement, but more actions should be taken to regain Iran’s confidence to the plan.
Klor-Berchtold for his part indicated to the long history of Germany’s relation with Iran in various fields including culture and art: “There’s a good understanding between the two nations and both have always been interested in developing friendship and cooperation. We hope that the memorandum of understanding between the two countries will be signed as soon as possible.”
“Iranians are enthusiastic about Germany’s culture and art and I have seen few countries whose people know Goethe, Hegel and Kant,” he added.
The ambassador hoped that the precious works of Tehran’s Museum Of Contemporary Arts would be put on public display in Germany, and in return German historical works of art would concurrently be exhibited in Iran.