Armenian diplomat: Holding cultural week helps reinforce ties

Tehran, May 18, IRNA – Armenian cultural attaché in Iran said on Saturday that Tehran and Yerevan enjoys longstanding relations and that cultural week will be held in Iran soon aiming to reinforce ties.

Armenia with about three million population enjoy common border with Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

The country is of importance for Iran regarding economic, political and cultural relations.

Speaking in an interview with IRNA, Edward Khachaturian pointed to his recent meeting with Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohsen Javadi, saying both sides agreed to holding cultural week but it still needs preparatory works.

The event is to include Armenian film festival and art and historical exhibits, he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to making Armenian Drama 'Yeva' directed by Anahit Abad as one the best example of cultural cooperation between Iran and Armenia.

'Yeva' was selected as the Armenian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

The movie was jointly made by Farabi Cinema Foundation and National Cinema Center of Armenia.

He reiterated the fact that Iran and Armenia have had good relations which should be reinforced.

He noted that many Iranian films participate in the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival.

The festival was founded in 2004 with the co-operation of the 'Golden Apricot' Fund for Cinema Development, the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khachaturian celled for Armenian cultural figures' presence in Iran, saying some of them like Sayat-Nova are famous in the Caucasus and in the world as well.

He said that the Armenian diplomatic mission is to hold a concert in Tehran and Tabriz.

He said that Armenian publishers will be invited to attend Tehran International Book Fair.

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