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Iranian Urges Collaboration with ECO States in Cultural Heritage Studies

2020-02-19 11:46:53
Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan has called for closer cooperation with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Member States in the field of cultural heritage and archaeological studies.

In an address to the opening of the 17th annual meeting of Iranian archaeologists, held in Tehran on Tuesday, February 18, Mounesan said the Iranian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts has made efforts to take advantage of the international experiences in the field of cultural heritage and archaeology gained by the experts and intellectuals of the other countries.


He noted that Iran has also worked on plan to provide its experiences in that field for the other countries.


“One of the significant measures that needs to be taken in the next (Iranian) year relates to the regional sphere, because we share many historical and cultural similarities with the ECO Members States in particular, which are interconnected and must converge,” Mounesan emphasized.


The Iranian minister also noted that the regional studies on cultural heritage and archaeology make up a major part of the human civilization, and proposed that the ECO countries should make such plan a priority in order to shape regional cooperation and develop inter-state excavation programs.


“The cultural heritage may fall into the borders of various countries in geographical terms, but it shapes the human civilization in its entirety, and belongs to the whole people in the world. Working on cultural heritage is working on the identity of the nations and humanity,” he concluded.