When taking about Iran, we feel that it is a different country from others. It is mysterious and beautiful, yet its people are full of wisdom. We have admired Iran for long time because of the ancient and splendid culture of the Persian Empire, the ancient Silk Road, and the exquisite mosques. Our hearts are taken away by those! On the morning of January 30th, our junior journalist delegation arrived at the Iranian Embassy in Beijing. The Iranian ambassador to China, His Excellency Ali Asghar Khaji, and all Iranian diplomats expressed their warm welcome to us.
Iranian Cultural Counselor Mr. Mohammad RasoulAlmasiehgave a welcome speech in the name of Allah. The Iranian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Ali Asghar Khaji, and the President of Home and Abroad News PressMrs. Wei Yanalso delivered separate remarks.Wei said: “We are very happy today because we are always looking forward to visiting the Iranian embassy. Since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Home and Abroad News Press has been attached attentions to the development of various sectors in Iran. We feel that the children of Iran and China will be able to enhance the bilateral relations through adding more colors.
Ambassador Khaji said: “Iran and China has built friendly relations long time ago, the people have been connected through the Silk Road since the ancient times. The friendship has well developed and maintained until now. Mrs. Wei mentioned that because she received the special award from the Iranian President at the 17th World Media Expo, she is willing to dedicate her entire career and wisdom to further improve China and Iran’s friendly relations.
After watching an introduction film about Iran, the Ambassador started the interview. A junior journalist asked: “As the Ambassador to China, how will you use your wisdom and efforts to promote the exchange and cooperation among young people in China and Iran? Thank you!”
Ambassador Khajisaid that language is an important tool for communication between people around the world. We should work hard to get the young people of both countries to learn each other's languages. Now, Iran has several universities to teach Chinese, and the Iranian embassy school students are also learning Chinese. More than a dozen universities in China have set up Persian-speaking majors, we should further promote the mutual development in the language areas between both countries. One of our plans to promote civil relations between the two countries is to develop the tourism relations in the future. We hope that we will explore more cooperation and exchange between Iran and China in education, teacher-student exchanges and cultural activities.
A junior journalist asked: Iran is a mysterious country with many ancient buildings. It is also a beautiful country with many famous tourist spots. Is it safe to visit Iran now?
Ambassador said: “Iran is the safest country in the Middle East. Maybe after you read some news, you are worried about the security situation in Iran. But I can tell youthat the security situation in Tehran is no different from Beijing. You can go to Iran any time through direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Urumqi to Tehran. The flight time is less than eight hours. Iran has many interesting places and historic sites. Among them, 19 historic have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will certainly be interested in Iranian Islamic culture.
During the interview, junior journalists had a great talk with the Ambassador, and he invited us to visit Iran. Some junior journalists made performance to the ambassador and embassy officials. They received high appreciation from the ambassador. The ambassador also presented the new year gifts to each junior journalist.
Through the interview with the Iranian embassy, our junior journalists learned a lot about this country and personally felt the wisdom, passion and friendly manners of Iranian diplomats. This is great opportunity to understand this historical country again, and the junior journalists are eagerly to visit Iran in the future.