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Iran, China ink deal to expand museum cooperatio­n


The National Museum of Iran and Peking University in China signed a memorandum of understand­ing to expand museum cooperatio­n.

The agreement was signed virtually with the head of the Iranian museum, Jebrael Nokandeh, and the Chinese university counselor, Jian Yuan, in attendance, IRNA reported.

The Chinese counselor considered China and Iran as the birthplace­s of human civilizati­on.

“Although there is a great geographic­al distance between the two countries, since ancient times, both countries have had close exchanges along the Silk Road via land and sea. And this created cultural and economic exchanges, and the prosperity of Eastern and Western civilizati­ons.”

The National Museum of Iran has numerous collection­s with strong research capabiliti­es and is highly rich in terms of Iranian civilizati­on.

This museum is one of the internatio­nal exhibition halls for research on the origins of human civilizati­on and cultural exchanges between East and West, Yuan said.

He also reminded that Peking University is the first university establishe­d in China with the purpose of studying the Chinese civilizati­on and to understand other civilizati­ons of the world.

“Although we live in East and West Asia and our meeting is only virtual, the desire for understand­ing allows us to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors and move closer to each other so these countries’ ancient civilizati­ons will shine,” he noted.

Nokandeh said, “The National Museum of Iran has expanded its ties with Chinese institutio­ns and museums, and by attending two exhibition­s of ‘The Splendor of Asia: An Exhibition of Asian Civilizati­ons,’ and the ‘Longquan of the World: Longquan Celadon and Globalizat­ion,’ it has been able to take effective steps to strengthen cultural cooperatio­n.”

He added that the National Museum of Iran enjoys a huge treasure trove of archaeolog­ical findings and a great history in holding exhibition­s and conducting research.

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