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120 French Intellectuals Visit Iran

Tehran, 9 October 2005 (CHN) - French Images of Iran belongs to 50 years ago and a new French delegation has come to the country to transform those images. "We have come to here to see, hear and understand Iran and its people," said Antoine Sfeir, head of the delegation.

"The information of French about Iran belongs to 50 years ago," said Antoine Sfeir, director of Paris Middle East Studies Centre and head of French delegation in a meeting with officials of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), "this knowledge is reflected by French orientalists and Islam researchers. Therefore, we have to transfer what we see and feel here to French people and intellectuals."

According to Sfeir, "In a world sinking in struggles, these efforts can help us correct the current misunderstandings."

Vincent Grimaud, the consultant of cultural cooperations in French embassy, Tehran, addressing the French delegation, traced back the mutual relationship between Iran and France to the old times, at least 200 years ago, and asked for its expansion.

In the same session, Mahmoud Mohammadi Araqi, head of ICRO, described the mutual relationship as a stable one and stressed on its development, while defining the relations of Iranian and French people culturally and socially positive.

The 120-member delegation includes orientalists, Islam researchers, academic professors, publishers, artists, and also some media activists, namely producers of ARTE Channel. During their 15-day stay in Iran, they will travel to several cities around the country.

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