(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad, wrote in his Telegram channel: “Following his return from Iran, I went to see the Director of the British Museum in his London office to follow-up on certain joint programs. He was very happy about his first visit to Iran and seemed impressed by the magnificence and depth of Iranian civilization.
He said the importance of this civilization was in its influence on the Middle East and Asia Minor civilizations on the one hand, and even China on the other. He named Pasargadae and the Takht-e Jamshid complex as one of the world’s most unique human heritages. We discussed the future of joint projects between the National Museum of Iran and the British Museum and it was decided to plan for short term, medium term, and long term cooperation.
After the meeting, I had the opportunity to visit the Iran hall at the British Museum where the Cyrus Cylinder is kept. The cylinder was written by King Cyrus in Babel after he freed the city and belongs to over 500 years BCE; it narrates the return of peace and stability to Babel by Cyrus.
The Cyrus Cylinder symbolizes Iranian beliefs in peaceful relations with other nations, and their kindness and sacrifices made towards helping others. The narrative of freeing Babylon from the yoke of domination and giving its people freedom to practice their religious beliefs by Cyrus is also explicitly revered in the Bible.”
British Museum Director, Hartwig Fischer, visited the National Museum of Iran, the Islamic era museum, and the “Iran and Armenia: Memory of a Land” exhibition in December last year.