Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei paid a visit to the 24th Tehran International Book Fair on Wednesday.
Ayatollah Khamenei visited several pavilions at the fair and held talks with officials, publishers, and organizers of the fair. Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and director of the fair Bahman Dorri accompanied the leader.
He regarded books as irreplaceable and said that number of books published has risen over the past few years but needs to grow even more, the Supreme Leader Official Website reported on Wednesday.
Writers have also made diligent efforts but need to develop further, he added.
The development of the country is not possible if the book industry does not develop, he said, adding that the Culture Ministry should seriously concentrate its efforts on the publication of books.
Publishers also had the opportunity to talk about problems they deal with in the field of book publishing.
Over 2300 Iranian and 1600 foreign publishers are displaying their products at the fair. The foreign publishers are coming from 67 countries.
The book fair will run until May 14 at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Mosalla.
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