TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran ambassador in Baghdad Iraj Masjedi voiced Iran’s readiness to help Iraq reconstruct its historical and ancient sites and also further boost bilateral cultural cooperation in different fields between the two neighboring states.
Masjedi made the remarks in a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Culture Hassan Nazim on Wednesday in Baghdad, IRNA reported.
Referring to Iran and Iraq’s willingness for signing a MoU on cultural cooperation, Masjedi said Iran is also ready to cooperate with Iraq in making joint movies and TV series as well as holding cultural and handicrafts exhibitions.
Most of Iraq’s cultural heritage has been seriously damaged by the Daesh (ISIS) terrorists during their invasion of Iraq.
“The most imminent and serious threats to the cultural heritage of Iraq are in the areas currently or recently occupied by Daesh, in particular the city and region of Mosul, the Sinjar region, Anbar province, northern and eastern Salah ad-Din province and parts of the Divala region,” said a report by Rashid Institute to be submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.
The Iraqi minister, for his part, welcomed the idea for strengthening bilateral cultural cooperation between the two countries expressing Baghdad’s readiness to take necessary steps to facilitate the process.