Saudi to host Iran cultural week for first time
For the first time, an "Iranian Cultural Week" will be held in the Saudi capital of Riyadh starting Saturday.
The event, to be sponsored by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and Iran's Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), is part of a strategy to enhance cultural ties between the Kingdom and Iran, the official <i>SPA</i> news agency reported.
"The event will promote cultural relations between two major members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)," diplomatic sources said in Riyadh. More than 50 leading Iranian cultural figures will participate, according to a press statement published Tuesday.
"This event will play an important role in promoting Riyadh-Tehran relations", said the sources, adding that Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei and ICRO Chairman Mahmud Mohammadi Araqi will be among those attending.
An Iranian exhibition featuring a range of cultural items such as rare copies of Holy Qur'an and Qur'an software, paintings, calligraphy, carpet portraits, handicrafts, books and stamps will be organized at the King Fahd Cultural Center. Among other events, films and documentaries focusing on the Iranian and Persian culture will also be shown.