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Shiraz influential in world civilization: Asian mayors

Tehran, Nov 22, IRNA - A number mayors of Asian capitals and major cities described Shiraz as the cradle of Iran's civilization and admired the role of its literary, scientific and religious elites in human civilization.

The mayors who visited Tehran to attend the Asian Mayors Conference toured Takht-e Jamhsid (Persepolis) and the tomb of Hafez, noted Iranian poet.

Lebanon's Baalbek Mayor Bassan Ra'd told IRNA that Shiraz's ancient civilization has automatically established a cultural relation with other Asian countries.

Iran and Lebanon have numerous cultural and ethical commonalities, paving the way for their affable ties, he said.

Spirit for fighting arrogance is another common feature of the nations, who have learned from Imam Khomeini, the late founder of Islamic Revolution, Ra'd noted.

Damascus Mayor Feisal Sorour also said that Shiraz is a reminder of the eternal nature of Persian literature and poetry.

The ancient city is of higher significance for the Syrians in view of its religious status, he said.

Meanwhile, Qods Mayor Seyyed Zaki al-Ghoul said that the city played a crucial role in promoting science because it boasted of noted scientists, poets, scholars and philosophers.

It was also effective in development of Islam, he noted.

Asian cities' mayors are currently in Iran to attend the conference of Asian Mayors which opened on November 19 in Tehran and continued in Shiraz on November 22.

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