Australia-Iran Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Ties in Tehran

Australian embassy is celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Iran in a cultural exhibition in Tehran.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held on October 1 and was attended by Australian Ambassador Ian Biggs and Mahmud Farazandeh, the director general for Est Asia and the Pacific at Iran’s Minsitry of Foreign Affairs and Majid Rajabi-Memar, director of Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) along foreign diplomats.

The exhibition is showcasing 108 photos and documents which includes MoUs, credentials, and economic agreements along with pictures of Iranian National Football Team in Sydney.

At the opening ceremony, the Australian ambassador stressed that Australia and Iran have always had a friendly relation.

According to Tehran Times, Mahmud Farazandeh, the director general for East Asia and the Pacific at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Iran and Australia have long had good relations and that Australia was the first country that supported the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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“I am so thrilled to see the photos. They are historical documents, and I hope the good relations of the two countries develop further in the coming years,” he added.

The exhibition which has been organized by the Australian Embassy in Tehran in conjunction with the Institute for Political and International Studies of Iran’s Foreign Ministry will run until October 9 and is open to public everyday (except Saturdays) from 14:00 to 20:00 pm.

The Forum is also scheduled to host a five-day film festival that will feature six movies by Australian directors starting October 5.

To learn more about the lineup make sure to read our earlier story on the Australian Film Festival in Tehran.

Australia has maintained a continuous diplomatic presence in Iran since the establishment of its embassy in Tehran in 1968. Three years later, Iran established its embassy in Canberra in 1971.

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