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Pakistan eager to expand cultural ties with Iran: minister

Islamabad, Aug 18, Pakistan Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said her country highly values its friendly relations with Iran and is eager to deepen cultural cooperation between the two neighbors.

In a meeting with ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, the minister said that Pakistan would welcome any initiative by the Iranian government for further expansion in the cultural ties and shall take every possible step to introduce each other's culture to the people of both the countries.

The minister also emphasized the need for exchange of cultural and media delegations and directed the officials concerned of Ministry of Information to establish an effective coordination with Iranian embassy to ensure increase in the frequency of exchanges of cultural delegations.

During the meeting, the Iranian ambassador and the Pakistani minister discussed in detail various proposals to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries by increasing cooperation and collaboration particularly in the field of media, culture and Information.

The minister proposed the idea of co-productions in films and dramas to promote and encourage common national heritage and values.

Assuring his full support to the minister for the establishment of National Broadcasting and Film Commission, Mehdi Honardoost said that Iran was very much willing to promote cultural ties with Pakistan as well as making this partnership more productive and meaningful in the mutually beneficial areas to the people of both countries.

The ambassador also extended invitation to the minister to visit Persian language research center established in Islamabad.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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