Tehran exhibition marks 60 years of Italy-Iran cooperation

Italy's Ambassador to Iran, Giuseppe Perrone, has opened an exhibition in Tehran that marks 60 years of cultural cooperation between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Italy's International Association of Mediterranean and Oriental Studies (ISMEO) President Adriano Rossi and Iran's Deputy Culture Minister Mohammad Hassan Talebian also attended the launch of 'Italy and Iran, a 60-year-long cooperation on cultural heritage' which is being held at The National Museum of Iran.

The exhibition showcases six decades of Italian archaeological missions in Iran, as well as bilateral cooperation on the joint protection and promotion of Iran's cultural heritage through 52 illustrative panels, photographic documentation and findings from various archaeological sites.

"It is the duty of our two countries to constrengthen and broaden joint initiatives to protect, conserve and promote Iran's extraordinary archaeological treasures for future generations," Perrone said.

The exhibition is "the most comprehensive and extensive exhibition on archaeological and restoration activities ever set up in Iran or in Italy", said Rossi.

The opening ceremony was followed by a seminar at which the co-directors of the Italian-Iranian joint archaeological missions presented their scientific findings and outlined future cooperation projects. ISMEO, The National Museum of Iran and the Iranian Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism are jointly curating the exhibition.

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