IBNA - Experts believe that the development of Persian and its higher quality of education is an important cultural characteristic of Iran that is preserving the national and strategic interests of the country in the international community.
Attended by experts in Persian language education and public diplomacy, The Persian language webinar, The Soft Power of Public Diplomacy of Iran, was held in collaboration with the Saadi Foundation, Shahid Beheshti University, and the Scientific Association for the Planning of Cultural and Social Relations on Wednesday.
Deputy Director of the Center for Public Diplomacy and Media of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ali-Reza Delkhosh said that technically, the development of the Persian language requires arrangements that are being done with the cooperation of the Saadi Foundation. The expansion of online education with the help of the Saadi Foundation in the days of coronavirus pandemic is a necessity.
He added that strengthening and compiling Iranian studies abroad to familiarize foreigners with different aspects of Iranian literature and culture is another technical measure.
Soft power means tools that countries can bring with them the interests of other countries without resorting to the factors of hard power, and the Persian language also represents the power of Iran, he noted.
Director of Culture Department of UNESCO National Commission Abdul-Mahdi Mostakin said that we need a cadre that is inherently immersed in the sea of Persian wisdom to strengthen the soft power and the choice of a counselor that does not know Hafez and Sa’di is very wrong.
Sa’di Foundation Vice President for International Affairs Shahrouz Falahatpisheh said about public diplomacy and soft power that Iran’s foreign audiences have different cultural, social, economic origins, as well as worlds of value, and the Persian language is a tool which we can bring foreign audiences into the Iranian world. "We intend to familiarize others with Iran in the first step through Persian."
Referring to the capacity of neighboring countries to promote the Persian language, he noted that in some Central Asian countries such as Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia, Persian language is the second or third language and it is chosen as the selected language of some schools in those countries, and "we cooperate with these schools through our representations in those countries".