The spokesperson of the National Library and Archives of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that some four years ago, Poland donated a map to Iran dating back to the 16th century which was indeed a major success considering the sanctions.
IBNA: Enayat Salarian said that the national library has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with several organizations and national institutes in order to expand its ties.
Since some 12 years ago, the center has inked over 100 MoUs with national cultural institutes and organizations, he added.
The most significant national contracts include those signed with the Iranology Foundation, Amir Kabir University, the Islamic Guidance and Culture Ministry as well as the education and research department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The contract with the education and research department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave us access to 8000 Iranian documents which existed outside the country, he noted.
52 Foreign Contracts
Talking about NLAI’s foreign MoUs he added: “Since 2001, the National Library and Archives Organization has signed 52 contracts with other countries. The first agreement was signed with Macedonia National Library and the last one was inked with Kyrgyzstan.
He went on to say that signing foreign agreements take a lot of time since the draft has to be signed first then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should make the arrangements and some six months is needed for the whole process.
Salarian then talked about the countries, the NLAI has signed agreements with, saying that the libraries of Shanghai, Prussia, Archives of South Korea, Russian State Library, Tunisia National library, Turkey, Armenia, Poland, Ukraine, France National Archives, South Africa, Tajikistan, the US Congress and the Vatican Libraries were among the centers that the Iranian National Library had sealed agreements.
The agreements reinforce cultural ties, he underlined.
He noted that a map dating back to the 16th century was donated to the National Library which was an outcome of signing a MoU with Poland; a major success considering the sanctions.