Pak-Iran cooperation in the field of media indispensable: Solangi
ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi emphasized that cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in the media field was indispensable, saying Pakistan was desirous of promoting bilateral ties with Iran in the fields of media, film, and drama.
Talking to Iranian Ambassador Reza Amiri Moghaddam, who called on him here on Tuesday, he said that cooperation between the two countries in media fields was necessary.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, fraternal relations between the two countries, and promoting cooperation in media.
He said that a memorandum of understanding had already been signed between the Associated Press of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), while many other agreements were underway to enhance cooperation between television, films, cinema, literary and linguistic institutions.
These agreements, the minister said, would help project the authentic culture and traditions of the two brotherly countries. The two sides agreed to strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation in various fields, including economic, commercial, cultural and tourism sectors, besides people-to-people contacts.
The Iranian ambassador congratulated Murtaza Solangi on assuming charge as caretaker minister for information and broadcasting. Pakistan highly valued brotherly relations with Iran, Murtaza Solangi said, adding both countries were bound by deep religious, cultural, and linguistic ties. He said the two countries’ governments were promoting close cooperation for the betterment of their people and socio-economic development.
The minister and the Iranian envoy agreed on exchanging media and cultural delegations between the two countries. Ambassador Reza Amiri Moghaddam said that Allama Iqbal had the status of a national poet in Iran. “Iranians hold Allama Iqbal, the great poet of the subcontinent, in great esteem.”
Solangi said that a film on the life and poetry of Allama Iqbal would be made in collaboration with Iran. “Our relationship with the Persian language is ancient,” he said, adding that Allama Iqbal and Sachal Sarmast had significant similarities in their Persian language work. He added that Sachal had earned the title of “poet of seven languages” for his works in seven languages.
He said that cooperation between the two countries was necessary to promote the literary works of Allama Iqbal and Sachal Sarmast to other Persian poets. He added that the academic literature of Pakistan and Khana Farhang Iran could play an essential role. He also stressed for the expansion of economic relations between Pakistan and Iran.
The minister briefed the Iranian Ambassador about the steps being taken regarding the general elections in Pakistan, as the primary mandate of the caretaker government was to assist and monitor the electoral process. He said that conducting peaceful elections was a priority of the present government.
Ambassador Reza Amiri Moghaddam said that Iran fully supported free and fair elections by the Constitution and law of Pakistan. He also appreciated the Minister’s interest in regional cooperation and assured his support.
Source: Pakistan Today