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7/31/05

Spain to honour its first ambassador to Iran

Madrid, July 30, IRNA-Spain intends to honour its first ambassador to Iran, who established bilateral relations around six hundred years ago, by launching a special research and tourism programme.

Ruis Gonzalez de Klavijo, the first Spanish ambassador to Amir temur (Timorlane) court in 1405 arrived in Samarkand and worked there as plenipotentiary ambassador of Spain for three years.

Now, a group of history lovers and adventurers in Spain intend to travel to Samarkand taking the same route Klavijo took to remind his memory.

The group includes an economist and former parliament member from Socialist Party, a journalist, a mathematician and a writer.

According to Spain official news agency (EFE),the trip started on July 29 and it will end on August 15.

Klavijo was a servant in the court of Spanish King Enrique the Third and during his tenure wrote his diary, which became the second Spanish book being translated into foreign languages after Cervantes Don Quixote.

Klavijo's book is reputed to be the second important travel book in medieval ages after Marco Polo's book, "The Wonders." The traveling group is to publish its travel book soon after the trip.

The cost of this trip has been estimated 12,000 euros.

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