Iran donates 23,000 books to Afghanistan Science Academy

June 14, 2021 - 19:0

TEHRAN – The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) has donated 23,000 books to the Afghanistan Science Academy.

The books are in various subjects, including the Persian language, literature, society, politics, sociology and education, the NLAI announced in a press release on Monday.

In his recent visit to the NLAI, Gol-Ahmad Anvari, first secretary at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran, expressed his thanks for the donation.

“In order to appreciate the value of the NLAI’s positive action, the Afghanistan Science Academy intends to donate about 1,000 books written by Afghan authors in Persian to the library,” he said.

NLAI deputy director Farnaz Mohammadi also said, “The donation has been made due to the close cultural relations between Iran and Afghanistan.

“The NLAI has previously made book donations to libraries in Afghanistan; for example: based on an agreement signed between the two countries in 2003, the NLAI sent 37,000 books to libraries in Afghanistan,” she added.    

In addition, groups of Afghan librarians also received educations based on the agreement.
 
Dozens of countries have received book donations and cultural products from Iranian over the past decades.

The National Library of Thailand got 200 book titles from Iran in 2017.

A number of Russian academic centers, including the National Library of Russia and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, received collections of books from Iran in 2009.  

The Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University, the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, and the Saint Petersburg State University were also among the centers.

At the same time, the University of Ankara in Turkey also received a donation of 250 books from Iranian writers.

The collection contained 100 books on Persian contemporary poetry, 40 storybooks and novels, 25 children’s and young adult’s books and 87 newly published books on Iranian culture and literature.

Photo: A view of the National Library and Archives of Iran, Tehran. 

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