Iran's minister of culture and Islamic guidance appreciated Tuesday ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) for playing 'incomparable role' in promotion of cultural diplomacy in the region.

'Iranian cultural institutes should prepare the ground for fostering cultural interactions with the neighboring Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) members, Abbas Salehi said in a meeting held here with President of ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran Mohammad-Mehdi Mazaheri.

ECO cultural capacities should be used to promote cultural diplomacy, Salehi said.

ECO, currently, has ten member countries including Iran from West, South and Central Asia and Caucuses.

ECI is the cultural arm of the Economic Cooperation Organization which tries to enhnace the relations among ECO member states in the field of culture.
 

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