EghtesadOnline: Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran in Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, hosting a cultural gathering, praised contributions of Pakistani researchers and professors for the promotion of the Persian language in Pakistan.
Iranian Cultural Counsellor, Shahaboddin Daraei, Head of National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Zia Uddin Najam and Chairman of National Language Promotion Department Iftikhar Arif were also present on the occasion.
Iranian envoy Mehdi Honardoost expressing his views said that people of Iran and Pakistan are closely linked with each other through the Persian language. He added that Persian and Urdu are related to each other and cannot be separated, IRNA reported.
He stressed upon the need for more efforts to promote Persian and Urdu languages in Iran and Pakistan to bring people of both the countries closer to each other.
He said that cultural, literary and linguistic links between Iran and Pakistan are inevitable and Iranian embassy will not hesitate to take any step in this regards.
Head of NUML, Zia Uddin Najam expressed gratitude to the Iranian embassy efforts for appreciating the contributions of Pakistani experts and professors for the Persian language in Pakistan.
He said that NUML is providing tremendous facilities for the Persian language learning in Pakistan and for this the university maintains close ties with the Iranian Cultural Center in Pakistan.
Chairman of National Language Promotion Department Iftikhar Arif on the occasion said that Iran is a country with rich civilization and excels in all fields of literature and culture.
Former head of Persian department at NUML, Dr Mehar Noor Muhammad Khan said NUML is the only university mentioned in cultural agreement between Iran-Pakistan which shows how much importance Iran gives to the NUML for the promotion of the Persian language in Pakistan.
Director of Iran-Pakistan Persian Research Center Isa Karimi, Head of Urdu Department Tehran University Dr Ali Bayat and head of Persian Department NUML, Dr. Muhammad Safeer also attended the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, honorary shields were awarded to the personalities who have made big contributions to the promotion of the Persian language in Pakistan.