Tehran and Beijing sign joint declaration to protect Asian cultural heritage
Tehran – Iran and China on Saturday signed a joint statement that is expected to pave the way for further protection in the arena of Asian cultural heritage.
The statement was signed at an online conference by Iranian vice minister of tourism Mohammad-Hassan Talebian and Chinese director of the national cultural heritage administration Li Qun, Mehr reported.
Based on the declaration which is in line with the Asian Initiative for Cultural Heritage Conservation, the two nations will join archeology and cultural heritage conservation projects.
In addition, Tehran and Beijing seek to strengthen collaboration to safeguard UNESCO World Heritage sites and combat the illicit trafficking of cultural relics.
Speaking at the event, Talebian said the relationship between Iran and China is stable due to their shared history and culture, and the two countries have supported each other to maintain national dignity and secure their development paths.
The plan to protect the cultural heritage of Asia could increase the confidence and unity of Asian countries in the introduction and protection of their precious cultural heritage, he added.
This could eventually lead to the prosperity and development of the tourism industry in Asian countries, he concluded.
For his part, Qun said the declaration emphasizes cultural transmission and supports Asia’s cultural heritage as the cradle of human civilization.
Cultural elements are precious treasures of the Asian people, which establish their identity, he added.
He also noted that the joint declaration is the first bilateral document signed by the cultural heritage authorities of the two countries in the last decade, marking that the cooperation in the field of cultural heritage of the two countries has entered a new stage of development. .
Iran is the third country to have signed a joint declaration with China on the Asian Initiative for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Earlier this month, China co-released such statements with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In 2019, the Iranian government lifted the visa requirement for Chinese nationals wishing to visit the country. The decision has been taken to attract more foreign tourists to the country; however, this is a unilateral measure, meaning that Iranian tourists visiting China still need visas.
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