The Culture Minister of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Sultan Rayev laid emphasis on extending cultural ties with Iran during a meeting with the director of the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) Ali-Akbar Ashaâ€™ri on February 26.
Rayev welcomed ECOâ€™s suggestion to organize a union for the management of the documents and archives of its member states.
He went on to say that Kyrgyzstan needs Iranâ€™s cooperation to grant access to certain documents available at the NLAI so that distortions in the history of Kyrgyzstan which occurred during communist rule can be corrected.
Several language centers have been established in Kyrgyzstan for young people to learn the Persian language, Rayev added.
He asked Iran for assistance in holding workshops on the restoration of manuscripts for experts of the National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Developing cooperation between the heads of the National Archives and Libraries of members of the ECO will improve cultural coordination between the member countries, Ashaâ€™ri said during the meeting.
Due to cultural commonalities between Iran and middle-Asian countries, Iran is prepared for further cooperation, he added.
Ashaâ€™ri said that cultural improvements determine a countryâ€™s power in the modern world and fortunately Iran is highly developed in this area.
The director of the National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic Jyldyz Bakashova, Kyrgyzstanâ€™s Culture Minister Sultan Rayev with a delegation paid a visit to the National Library and Archives of Iran.