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Director of British Museum in Iran

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum came to Tehran this morning to expand cultural ties between the two nations.

Tehran, 31 August 2006 (CHN) -- This morning, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, who is known as the "diplomatic director" of the British Museum due to his great worldwide contributions, came to Tehran to develop cultural relations between the British Museum and Iran's National Museum as well as producing a TV program about Iran for the BBC channel.

According to Mohammad Reza Kargar, director of Iran National Museum, during his four-day visit to Iran, MacGregor will have a meeting with the authorities of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) to study the cultural cooperation between the two countries in research in other relevant fields and holding of periodic exhibitions in Iran and abroad.

Upon his arrival, Director of the British Museum left Tehran to pay a visit to the cities of Isfahan and Shiraz as well. "Recording a documentary program about Iran for the BBC is one of the main aims of MacGregor from traveling to these two cities. This program will be about Persian civilization in which some historical attractions of these two historical cities, including Persepolis and Pasargadae in Shiraz and historical places of Isfahan will be displayed," said Kargar to CHN. This is the second visit of the director of the British Museum to Iran.

British Museum is one of the five biggest museums of the world. This museum has had close cooperation with Iran in holding exhibitions and exchanging museum experts. Holding of the exhibition of "Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia" at the British Museum from 9 September 2005 to 8 January 2006 was one of the most important projects jointly performed by Iran and Britain.

Based on previous agreements between Iran's National Museum and the British Museum, the famous Cylinder of Cyrus the Great, known as the first Charter of Human Rights, which is currently being kept at the British Museum will be lent to Iran's National Museum for two years to be displayed for Public.

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