Celebration of the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the ECO Cultural Institute was held in the evening of Wednesday, March 06, 2019 attended by Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri, ECI President, Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization; Dr. Majidi, President of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly; Dr. Alikhani, Assistant, Director General, Directorate of Multilateral, International Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Nejad, Deputy Director, Planning and Organization of the Vice Presidency and a group of diplomats from Turkmenistan, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Finland, Croatia, South Africa, and outstanding national, international at ECI headquarters.
According to ECI news, speaking at the event, Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri congratulated the coming of Norouz as a national holiday and an ancient tradition observed across different territories in ECO Region, as the best symbol of arts, culture and civilization of this region and said: "many of the countries from different races and religions, consider Norouz as the manifestation of soul's serenity and hence, welcome the spring with a friendly attitude".
He further congratulated the ECI Day and presented a brief, yet comprehensive report, on the activities undertaken by the international institution during the past two years. In the same line, the ECI President counted tens of national and foreign arts and cultural exhibitions, literary expert panels and discourses, organizing film Mexican-Spanish Film week, carpet exhibitions, programs on promotion of peace as well as publication of numerous books and journals in different areas of arts and culture and said: "For the first time since the establishment of ECO Cultural Institute, organizing sports competitions have been considered as one of the important aspects of public diplomacy by the institute and consequently, 4 sporting events have been organized".
He further pointed to the establishment of ECO Fraction at Iran Parliament with the special support rendered by Dr. Ali Larijani and said: "In order to promote mutual cultural exchanges across the ECO Region, for the first time in its history, ECI has set up joint unions with ECO countries including Union of ECO Broadcasting organizations, ECO journalists union and ECO Digital publishers union".
Delivering of a speech by Ms. Shabnam Gholi Khani, an ambassador of peace and friendship, music performance by Ronak band and Shahnameh narration by Master Varmazyar, were other programs of the event which was concluded with the commemoration of international women's day.