At the meeting, President Hao said China and Iran have time-honored history and splendid civilizations, and both countries should jointly strengthen cooperation since academic exchanges among higher education institutions will contribute to closer people-to-people ties. As the first Chinese university to establish a Persian major, Peking University worked with Iran in a variety of fields including education, culture, archaeology, history, language and literature. Peking University welcomes Iranian scholars and students, and hopes to expand exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.
Ambassador Keshavarzzadeh expressed his gratitude for PKU’s hospitality. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-Iran diplomatic relationship, he also expressed his heartfelt congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, and his full respect towards the Chinese people for the great achievements they have made in the fight against poverty and COVID-19. He stressed that the Chinese and Iranian governments signed a 25-year cooperation agreement in March, which is expected to bring more opportunities for cooperation between Iranian universities and Peking University. In addition, he hopes that people of both countries can continue to deepen mutual understanding and strengthen friendship.
After the meeting, Ambassador Keshavarzzadeh visited PKU School of Foreign Languages and the Institute of Iranian Culture, and talked with teachers and students from the Department of Persian Language and Literature.