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Iran, Algeria sign cultural accord


Tehran : Iran and Algeria have inked an agreement on expansion of cultural cooperation between the two states.

The agreement was signed by Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi and his visiting Algerian counterpart, Khalida Toumi.

During the ceremony Wednesday, the Iranian minister said culture is a key to all closed doors.

Expressing his satisfaction over the current visit to Tehran of the Algerian culture minister, Saffar-Harandi urged his counterpart to play a more active role in the expansion of cultural relations between the two Muslim countries.

Toumi, for her part, reiterated her country’s serious determination to further boost all-out ties with Tehran.

Terming her meetings with senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as positive, she underscored the need for implementation of the cultural agreement signed between the two nations.

During her meeting with Ahmadinejad Tuesday evening, the two sides called for establishment of closer relations between the two nations in all areas.

Toumi, who is here to attend the Algerian cultural week, met several Iranian senior officials and visited the two ancient cities of Isfahan and Shiraz.