Holding joint exhibits can help nations promote peace: Iran tourism chief

March 6, 2019

TEHRAN – People of the world can realize that Iranians are kind, peaceful and [deeply] rooted in history by the means of joint exhibitions which makes nations more acquainted with each other, brings them closer and [consequently] advocates global peace, Iran tourism chief Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Tuesday.

“Collective museum exhibits, in the turbulent atmosphere of today’s world, are among measures that can help peace,” Mounesan added.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Madrid’s ambassador to Tehran, Eduardo Lopez Busquets, CHTN reported.

“Through reflecting cultural themes, nations can be brought closer together, and in this way, they can acquire real knowledge of each other… our country is unjustly propagated by negative views and [is under] economic pressure, because we want to be independent… one of our important missions is to demonstrate the facts.”

Mounesan, who doubles as vice president, said “We hope that the exhibition of Iranian historical relics in Spain, starting on March 14, to be welcomed by the Spaniards.”

The tourism chief also called for more cultural ties with Spain, noting “There are areas of cooperation between Iran and Spain in the fields of cultural heritage, arts, tourism… [for instance] the two countries can cooperate in exchanging experiences on exploration and restoration of historical works.”

“Italian and German surveyors and archaeologists are currently involved in many historic sites in Iran, and there is also the same ground for Spanish archaeologists.”

Lopez Busquets for his part said that Spain is ready to cooperate with Iran in various fields of cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism.

Last year, [some] Spanish archeologists enthusiastically participated in several conferences and events in this regard, the envoy said.

Spain has also inked a memorandum of understanding with Iran’s Revitalization and Utilization Fund for Historical Places, Lopez Busquets reminded.

We are glad that the exhibition will be opened soon and the Spanish people can get acquainted with the history and civilization of Iran, the ambassador said.

The loan exhibit will feature earliest developments of agriculture and livestock farming from the very beginning to cuneiform clay tablets, gold beakers and ornaments, bronze weapons and beautifully painted ceramics associated with successive Iranian kingdoms.

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