Three books recently published by ECO Cultural Institute were launched during a ceremony held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the ECO Diplomatic Library and participated by Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri, ECI President, diplomats from Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan; Dr. Gholamreza Avani, head of the Institute for Research in Philosophy; Kazem Mousavi Bojnoordi, head of the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia and a group of professors and prominent scholars.
According to ECI news, while delivering a speech at the ceremony, Dr. Mazaheri pointed to the exchanges in the fields of culture, literature and arts as requirements of cultural diplomacy and also contributing elements to the progression and transcendence of societies and presented a brief report on the activities of this international organization in the area of publication of specialized books and magazines.
In this regard, Dr. Mazaheri also added: "For us, the authors, poets and artists are ambassadors of peace and friendship and their creations in the fields of science, literature and art are crucial components of cultural diplomacy".
He also highlighted the scientific methods consistent with successful international experiences based on cultural, literary and artistic capitals as the key elements of the cultural commonalities of the ECO region and underscored: "In public diplomacy, our activities are purposeful and carefully planned."
Dr. Gholamreza Avani, a member of the ECI's High Policy-Making Council for Science and Culture, also spoke at the ceremony, recounting various features of the book, "Economic Cooperation Organization and Cultural Security of the Member States" written by Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri, and called ECO region a source of inspiration in the fields of culture, philosophy and wisdom for the world. He also commended on the book and considered it an important and comprehensive work in terms of citations of references to numerous Persian and English sources, as well as the use of numerous scientific theories. He further expressed hope for the publication of the translation of the book in other languages of the region.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Mousavi Bojnourdi, head of the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia, appreciated the special attention paid by Dr. Mazaheri, ECI president, to publications and research affairs and underscored: "A scientific understanding of economic cooperation leads us to sustainable development in all areas, at the top of which are cultural affairs and human progress."
"The ECO countries are part of the common history of the region and the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia calls for the development of mutual co-operation in all areas of culture with the ECO countries", he further continued.
It is worth mentioning that in addition to launching of the book "Economic Cooperation Organization and Cultural Security of the Member States" written by Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri, two other books titled "Regional Cooperation on the Basis of Cultural Commonalities (Collaboration of ECO National Libraries)" written by Dr. Ali Sadegh Zadeh Vayeghan and Dr. Azam Najafghiznejad, and the book titled "Media Dictionary (Essential Vocabularies in Arabic - Persian - English)", the written and translated by Dr. Sayed Babak Farzaneh were launched, with their authors of the books offering a brief introduction on their works.
For more information on the publications of the ECO Cultural Institute, please refer to the website of this international organization at http://ir.ecieco.org/publications/publications/.