Pakistan and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation for the promotion and development of the national languages of the two countries. The MOU was signed by Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Dr. Nazir Saeed and Head of Academy of Persian Language and Literature, Dr. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel at a ceremony in Islamabad. Under the MOU both countries will grasp benefits of development of technology in the field of typography and other different aspects of the language. The MOU will help in strengthening the brotherly relations between Iran and Pakistan. It will help enhance opportunity for both countries to interact with each other on modern lines for mutual benefits.
Haddad Adel on the occasion said that for the past twenty years a group of Iranian scholars has been working to find replacement of English words that are used in the Persian languages. “So far they have replaced 45,000 English words with Persian words,” he said. The Iranian scholar said that Persian and Urdu languages are closely related. In the end of his speech Haddad Adel recited some versus about the close relationship between Iran and Pakistan.
Secretary of Information Dr. Nazir Saeed termed the MOU as milestone in promoting the Urdu and Persian languages. He said three more MOUs on promotion of cultures will soon be signed between Pakistan and Iran. At the end of the MOU signing ceremony Haddad Adel and Nazir Saeed exchanged souvenirs. Ali Reza Haghighian, Iranˈs Ambassador to Pakistan and Dr Taqi Sadiqi, Cultural Counselor of Iran were also present in the ceremony.