Persian-speaking Countries to meet in Mazar-e-Sharif

March 1, 2009

TEHRAN – The third meeting of the Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan is to be held in Mazar-e-Sharif from March 20 to 21, 2009, Afghanistan’s representative at ECO’s cultural committee said on Saturday.

Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Emomali Rahmon, and Hamid Karzai are to attend the meeting coincided with the Noruz festival – Persian speakers’ ancient ceremony, said Faramarz Tamanna told the Mehr News Agency.
Tamanna said strengthening cultural ties, improving Persian language in particular, and inking memorandums of understanding in all arenas are the reasons behind holding the meeting.
The second trilateral meeting of the so-called Persian-speaking countries was held on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, on August 24, 2008