NNA - Iranian Minister of Culture and Guidance Mahdi Ismaili arrived this morning at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, at the head of a delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran, to participate in the opening of the "Days of Cultural Dawn" in Lebanon.
The Minister was received at the airport by the Minister of Culture, Judge Mohammad Al-Murtada, the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Muhammad Jalal Firouzania, Deputy Amin Sherri and a delegation from the
In a brief word upon arrival, the Iranian Culture Minister thanked his Lebanese counterpart for the warm welcome, and considered that "the visit to brotherly Lebanon has very positive effects on our souls, and of course the historical relationship between the two brotherly countries."
Ismaili said: "We are pleased to be able, through this honorable visit and through cooperation with His Excellency the Minister of Culture, to achieve further consolidation of this good brotherly relationship that exists between us...Upon assuming our mandate within the government of President Ibrahim Raisi, we set the goal of strengthening and consolidating cultural, intellectual and artistic relations with all friendly countries, including Lebanon of course."
He added: "Through the cooperation between officials in the two countries and the sincere and constructive brotherly interaction with His Excellency Minister Mohammad Al-Mortada personally, I hope that in the next stage we will be able to consolidate cultural cooperation and intellectual and artistic exchange with the sisterly Lebanese Republic. We hope through this visit ... that we will be able to lay the basic foundations for the consolidation of these intellectual, cultural and artistic relations that we both aspire to have...”
The Iranian Minister hoped for further exchange of visits and official delegations between the two brotherly countries, as a prelude to further consolidating cultural and intellectual relations.
For his part, Al-Mortada assured the Iranian Minister that Lebanon looks forward to strengthening cultural relations between Lebanon and the Islamic Republic of Iran.