(Persia Digest) – At a meeting with the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran, the German Ambassador to Tehran announced that Germany did not have a positive view of the US withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear accord and that his country was interested in strengthening and expanding cultural ties between Tehran and Berlin.

Seyed Abbas Salehi also pointed to the signature of a cultural MoU between the two countries, stating: “The quicker signature of this MoU will lead to a clear path for the continuation of joint artistic and cultural activities.”

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He added: “Iranian society is very interested in the culture, thoughts, and arts of Germany and significant portions of its philosophical and cognitive domains are pursued in Iran.”

Salehi invited Germany to The World Award for Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran, adding: “This award is given to authors who write about Iranian studies and Islam. We invite Germany to submit its works to the award Secretariat.”

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He also pointed to the works on display at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) and extended an invitation to Germany to take part in these exhibitions.

German Ambassador to Iran, Michael Klor-Berchtold, also pointed to the long-standing relations between Iran and Germany, including in arts and culture, saying: “Germany is interested in strengthening cultural ties with Iran. We hope an MoU will be signed between our two countries as soon as possible.”

Ambassador Klor-Berchtold commented on a lack of works from TMoCA on display in Germany, saying: “I hope this can be rectified in the near future. We even suggested that German cultural and artistic works be displayed simultaneously in Tehran to address some concerns.”

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