Baku(IP)- Iranian Minister of Heritage, Culture, Tourism, and Handicrafts met with Azerbaijan Culture Minister to discuss the joint reconstruction of the 15-arched Khudafarin Bridges.

Iran PressAsia: The 11th Conference of Ministers of Tourism of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) commenced with the participation of the Iranian Tourism Minister, Ezatollah Zarghami, hosted by Baku.

During the meeting, Anar Karimov praised the level of Azerbaijani-Iranian ties emphasizing that the relations between the two friendly countries, which have an ancient history, are based on mutual trust.

In his speech, the Culture Minister drew attention to joint work in cultural and humanitarian spheres.

Ezzatollah Zarghami emphasized the mass media's role in historically-established and successfully continuing friendly bilateral ties.

Moreover, the ministers highly valued the restoration of both Muslim and Christian temples on Azerbaijan's territories destroyed due to the Armenian occupation.

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The sides also noted the significance of Azerbaijan's cultural capital-Shusha, a city for the Islamic community. The ministers stressed the importance of cooperation in combating Islamophobia, a global problem.

The Azerbaijani and Iranian ministers also exchanged views on signing a memorandum of understanding for the joint reconstruction of the Khudafarin bridges.

Two Khudafarin bridges connect the Araz River's northern and southern banks in the Jabrayil region.

Located on the historical Silk Road, the Khudafarin bridge was built in the 11th-12th centuries.

It played a massive role in the development of the Great Silk Road and had exceptional military-strategic importance.


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