Iran- On September 19, 2021, ECO Cultural Institute held a ceremony with the participation of diplomats from Tajikistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Romania, Turkey, Philippines, Slovakia, Mexico and guests from ICOM Iran, Islamic Culture and Communication Organization (ICCO) and a group of local and foreign artists to mark the International Day of Peace.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, at the ceremony, Sarvar Bakhti, President of ECO Cultural Institute, in his remarks emphasized:" the International Day of Peace provides an opportunity to reunite
in order to realize the "ideal of peace" and to collaborate to establish a "genuine culture of peace."
"We have no choice but to resort to common cultural heritage and to employ the soft power of art as the only effective factor to attain cultural understanding to confront the anti-peace discourses that are aimed at cross-cultural juxtaposition", he added.
He concluded his remarks, saying: "The International Day of Peace reminds us that no human being is the enemy of humanity and that reconciliation and friendship is God's greatest gift to the heart of humanity that if is not muted in the hearts, we will never hear the sound of any violence or war."
Dr. Ahmad Mohit Tabatabai, President of ICOM Iran, also thanked the President of ECO Cultural Institute for his aim to commemorate the international Day of peace and spoke about the role of art and museums in maintaining world peace.
Ms. Manijeh Mokhtari, Managing Director of the Aghigh Women Entrepreneurs Association, while presenting a report on the works exhibited by groups of domestic and foreign artists at the Arman-e Solh Exhibition, expressed hope that with the support of the President of ECO Cultural Institute in the coming years the exhibition will call out the voice for peace from this area of ancient civilization to the world.
During the event, the book "Arman-e Solh" was unveiled and the exhibition of Arman-e Solh featuring artworks on theme of peace was opened in the Diplomatic Gallery of ECO Cultural Institute with the presence of foreign diplomats and cultural figures and artists of the country.