Markus Leitner, Ambassador of Switzerland to Iran, paid a visit 8 August 2018 to the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI). Ashraf Broujerdi, NLAI Director, emphasized in the course of the meeting with the Swiss envoy the importance of cultural engagement. She underlined the National Library’s outlook and policy towards developing interests and expanding institutionalizing mutually-beneficial relations with its counterpart in Switzerl.
In her remarks, she highlighted NLAI’s particular interest in enhancing relations and cooperation in the areas of digital and written resources. She also emphasized the need for grasping existing opportunities for better mutual understanding. On his part, Leitner expressed satisfaction with the visit and stated that “cultural relations are important at every level and we also welcome and appreciate the development of bilateral cultural engagement with Iran.
Every year a number of Swiss writers come to Iran to attend the International Book Fair. We can increase and enhance our relations in this area. In a separate event, the same day, Stefan Scholz, the Austrian Ambassador to Iran, also paid a visit to the National Library. While commenting on the exhibition of Iran-Austria historical documents organized in Vienna during the official visit of Iran’s President to Austria earlier in the year, he said: “The Austrian Academy of Science has an institute under its tutelage which is active in the field of Iranian studies.
This provides the NLAI with the proper context for the development of scientific relations with the institute.”