'Iran, Qatar to open new chapter in ties'
Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini says Qatar's exhibition of the Islamic Republic's arts and culture will further bilateral ties, Press TV reported.
"The frequent state visits by Iranian President [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] to [the Qatari capital of] Doha and by Qatar's Emir [Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani] to Tehran are indicative of friendly ties between the two countries," IRNA reported Hosseini as saying on Thursday.
He further warned of 'the enemies' conspiracies' based on their Iranophobia agenda against the Islamic Republic and called for closer relations with Qatar.
The Iranian minister made the comments on the fringes of Iran's Cultural Week exhibition in Doha where he was joined by Qatar's Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari.
For his part, the Qatari minister hailed Iran-Qatar relations and highlighted the Persian Gulf littoral state's willingness to further solidify and expand associations with the Islamic Republic.
A collection of works by Iranian artists and artisans have been featured at the Iranian Traditional Handicrafts Exhibition which opened on November 4 in the Qatari capital.
Around 100 artworks are showcased at the exhibition which features works of 24 prominent Iranian artists and calligraphers.
Also on display is a set of ancient clothing for men and women dating back centuries ago.
Calligraphic, ceramic, copper, enamel and miniature artworks have also been put on show which familiarizes visitors with how the artisans work on their pieces.
The exhibition is one of the highlights of Iran's Cultural Week held in line with the celebration of Doha Capital of Arab Culture.