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Iran invites Saudi Arabia to join initiative for global registration of Iftar as cultural heritage

Iran’s Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts meets with Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Rakan bin Ibrahim Al-Touq in Riyadh, September 14, 2023. (Photo by the Iranian Embassy in Riyadh)

Iran has invited Saudi Arabia to join the Islamic Republic in a proposed initiative for the global registration of the “intangible cultural heritage” of Iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal of Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan.

The invitation was extended by Ali Darabi, the deputy minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts of Iran, during a meeting with Saudi assistant minister of Culture, Rakan bin Ibrahim Al-Touq, in Riyadh on Thursday.

During the meeting, both sides called for efforts to expand cultural and tourism relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Touq, in turn, extended a warm welcome for Iran’s participation in the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee being held in Riyadh on September 10-25.

He also extended an invitation to Iran to participate in an international tourism exhibition, scheduled to be held in Jeddah in 2025.

In March, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to restore their diplomatic relations under a China-brokered deal after seven years.

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