President Spotlights Role of Art, Culture in Foiling Iranophobia

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the significant role that the country’s artists and cultural figures can play in the international arenas to thwart attempts at fomenting Iranophobia.

President Spotlights Role of Art, Culture in Foiling Iranophobia

“There are attempts to make the world afraid of Iran and Iranians, and the soft power capable of countering such plot and portraying the real image of civilized Iran to the world is undoubtedly people's involved in culture and art,” President Rouhani said in a gathering of Iranian artists and cultural figures in Tehran on Thursday night.

He also noted that Iran can have good interaction with the international community and seize the regional and international opportunities if it exposes its genuine, powerful cultural image.

In various events, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has also emphasized the significance of artistic activities to promote Iran’s position in the world.

In March 2015, Imam Khamenei called for the employment of different branches of art, including cinematic projects, to introduce the great job the Iranian people did during eight years of Iraqi imposed war against Iran in the 1980s.

And in June 2016, the Leader called for measures, both by politicians and artists, to let the public know about the US treasonable conduct in honoring commitments under the JCPOA, a nuclear deal between Iran and six countries.

One of the possible arenas for writing poems at present is “broadcasting the Americans’ breach of the JCPOA,” the Leader said at the time, adding, “In addition to politicians, the artists, poets in particular, should let the public know about these facts.”

The Leader was referring to Washington’s lack of commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

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