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Iran to grant scholarship to Saudi students

Riyadh, Dec 1, IRNA -- Visiting Iranian Minister of Sciences, Research and Technology Ja'far Towfiqi said in Riyadh on Tuesday night that Saudi students will be granted scholarships to study in Iran.

Making the remark at a press conference, he said the first students to receive scholarships will study Persian language followed by more students in other fields of study.

He also said other agreements have been reached with Saudi officials for cooperation in scientific areas.

Pointing to his visit to a major library in Saudi Arabia, he said Iran is going to exchange both Persian and Arabic books with the library.

He said Iran also welcomes Saudi assistance to upgrade its Arabic language courses in universities.

In response to claims in the West as stated in reports that the education taught in Muslim schools or universities encourages terrorism, he stressed that Islam, on the other hand, condemns terrorism and the two cannot exist together.

Towfiqi believed the best way Muslim countries can refute such claims is by upgrading and strengthening their scientific activities and infrastructures.

Towifiq upon his arrival in Riyadh Tuesday was welcomed by officials of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Higher Education, the Iranian charge d'affaires as well as heads of Iranian entities in the country.

Towfiqi told IRNA upon his arrival that he would discuss ways of promoting Iran's cultural, scientific and educational relations with Saudi Arabia during this visit.

Deans of Shahid Beheshti, Amir Kabir and Tarbait Moddaress Universities are accompanying the minister in his five-day visit.

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