Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 25
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran welcomes establishing a union of Persian-speaking countries, Iranian Deputy Culture Minister, Hossein Noushabadi said, Tabnak news agency reported on Dec. 25.
Nushabadi made the remarks during his meeting with Afghani Minister of Information and Culture, Makhtoum Rahim in Kabul.
Noushabadi went on to say that some 100 million peoples in the world speak Persian, adding that establishing the Persian-speaking countries` union is necessary for protecting the Persian language.
Rahim in his turn underlined that both countries share cultural, historical, religious and ethnic commonalities, adding that the two sides would benefit of boosting cultural relations.
Iranian deputy minister opened the exhibition of books and cultural products of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kabul on Dec. 22.
Nearly 20,000 books from 120 publishers were put for the exhibition which will be open for ten days in Kabul.
The last summit of the three Persian speaking countries including Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan was held in Tehran in 2010.
The leaders of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran discussed issues related to economic cooperation, establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as regional problems during the last summit. It was the fourth summit of the three presidents.