Iran's Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, in a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Iran Hiroyasu Kobayashi, pointed to the 90 years of diplomatic ties between Iran and Japan and recalled that the first memorandum of understanding in the cultural field was signed 60 years ago.
He cited Iran's potentials in cinema, music, visual arts and dramatic literature disciplines, and said that increased cultural ties will prepare the grounds for further introducing the civilizations of two nations to each other.
Japan's embassy in Tehran has so far organized a number of cultural programs, Salehi noted, adding, "We are ready to continue cooperation in this respect."
He pointed out that Japan's participation in Tehran International Book Fair as a special guest will help promote cultural diplomacy and create ample opportunity for further cementing cultural ties.
The Japanese ambassador noted that Iran's Culture Ministry is involved in a wide range of cultural, artistic and literary activities, adding, "We need its guidance on how to promote cultural relations between the two countries."
Iran and Japan have a long history of cultural ties and many Iranian products have gone to Japan via the Silk Road.
Ambassador Kobayashi said he was pleased to be in Iran and work in this country.
'Iran-Japan Cooperation Council' was established during Japanese foreign minister's visit to Tehran in 2015 and six working groups were formed of which one pertained to culture and sport, he said, adding that the second session of this working group was held in 2017 during which officials of the two countries discussed ways to promote cooperation in sector.