IBNA- On the seventh day of the 3rd Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), the president of this event Yaser Ahmadvand and Finnish Ambassador to Iran Kari Kahiluoto discussed potentials for cultural cooperation.
Kari Kahiluoto said in this meeting: "I was so interested to visit the place of Tehran International Book Fair and I'm glad that I have found the opportunity. The people of Finland are also interested in reading both printed books and online books. Our country has produced many works of literature and there's the center which introduces and publishes them."
"We don't still have a program to attend the next edition of Tehran International Book Fair but this event has a great potential and the number of Finnish books translated into Persian is remarkable, so we try to participate in the next edition and we will announce that three months before the opening of the fair," the ambassador added.
Ahmadvand who is also the cultural deputy of the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance addressed the Finnish Ambassador and said: "I'm glad to meet you at this fair as well. Tehran International Book Fair is one of the biggest cultural events in the Middle East Region, and as the top Iranian book event, TIBF has over 3 million of visitors every year, including thousands of university students, scholars, and their families. This year, more than 2800 publishers including 180 foreign publishers have attended the event.
He went on to say: "We are also interested in boosting cultural cooperation with Finland and we think the ground is provided for such an improvement.”
The 33rd TIBF opened on May 11 and will run by May 21 at the Mosalla (Grand Prayer Grounds) of Imam Khomeini in Tehran. The motto of the edition of the event which is displaying over 30,000 titles of books published in 27 countries is: "With Book, We Stay Safe". Qatar with a group of publishers is the guest of honor of the event.