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Iranian Cultural Heritage Experts Aim at Neighboring Countries

Tehran, May 12 (CHN) - The ICHTO Research Center for Historical Monuments is planning to expand its activities to the neighboring countries of Iran to identify and restore the many historical monuments dating to the Achaemenid period scattered around and to provide a map of the Ancient Persia Empire.

The plan aims to identify and carry out research on the monuments of Ancient Persia now located in Iran's neighboring countries, develop a data bank, and restore the legacies jointly with their today possessors which include diverse countries including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.

According to director of the ICHTO (Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization) Research Center for Historical Monuments, Mohammad Moheb Ali, the plan will be initiated from Tajikistan, whose culture minister's recent visit to Iran paved the way for cooperations to identify and research the Iranian historical relics remaining there.

"To start international talks for the presence of the Iranian cultural heritage experts in the neighboring countries, launching research and restoration works in the eastern neighbors of Iran heads the Research Center priority list," explained Moheb Ali.

While the necessary budget is yet to be provided, the preliminary studies are already underway in the Center, added Moheb Ali.

Due to damages brought to the heritage of Afghanistan during the wars, studies on the joint cultural-historical monuments of Iran and Afghanistan are of specific importance. Meanwhile, the Iranian restorers are now taking part in related projects carried out in Afghanistan by international bodies.

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