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Iran and northern neighbors to establish center for common heritage

TEHRAN, June 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran, in collaboration with neighboring republics in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the countries bordering the Caspian Sea, is to establish a center for the common heritage of the region.

The idea for the establishment of the center was proposed by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in his recent visit to the northern Iranian Mazandaran Province and in the summer activities will be launched in Sari, impending director of the center Ali Mahforuzi told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.

"The center aims to initiate cultural interaction among the Caspian Sea neighboring countries and also to revive historical links rooted in their adjacent cultures and civilizations," he added.

In addition, it will be a foundation catering for archaeological, ethnological and linguistic activities and a center for folklore arts and the study of music.

"These countries are linked together by certain common cultural practices and concepts, for example the Noruz ceremony. These elements can create cultural ties and promote cooperation between the countries in the tourist industry," Mahforuzi noted.

The members of the center will be Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey.

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