Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif, ECO Cultural Institute president paid a courtesy call to H.E. Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, Islamic Republic of Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs on Monday July 22, 2013 and conferred with the Minister on ways to develop cooperation.
Expressing satisfaction with the presence of Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif in Iran, Mr. Salehi stated: I hope we would witness the Institute function efficiently during your tenure as ECO Cultural Institute President.
Pointing to the special consideration the Iranian authorities show for art and culture, the Minister stressed the need for further expansion of cultural cooperation between ECO member countries and added: we aim to provide the necessary facilities to promote the activities of the Institute. He also hoped that other ECO member countries join the ECI as soon as possible.
Referring to high level of cooperation in area of culture in I.R. Iran, Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif expressed hope that the Institute would take major steps forward in promotion of its activities and further expansion of cultural cooperation between ECO member states during his tenure in Iran.