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Dr. Soleimanpour’s Speech at the Meeting on ‘The Cultural Affinity between Iran and Kyrgyzstan’ in Bishkek

It is certainly a source of delight and pleasure to be visiting the beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan. The country that was the first destination of president Rouhani for a formal presidential visit, the fact that shows the weight and importance of Kyrgyzstan In the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and is an indicator for the level of mutual relations between the two countries. President Rouhani presented the idea of a hope and moderation as two themes for his government during the presidential campaigns and attempted to embody a model of moderate Islam to rule. The last presidential election of 2013 proved to be another critical step of the constant endeavors made on the part of the Iranians for achieving democracy for the last hundred years.
The Iranians started their campaign for democracy over a century ago with attempts to embody the will of the nation in the states power and change the Absolute monarchy into a constitutional government. The great nation of Iran been through the vicissitudes of political reality on their way to democratization, but they have never lost their way, nor have their resolute cause ever waned. The Iranians have witnessed, on their path to democracy, military dictatorship, foreign-backed coup détats of the August 1941 and the ousting of Dr. Mossadegh from legitimate power, the great movement of June 1963 led by Imam Khomeini and its being suppressed and ultimately the culmination of all these events in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. During the course of the last century Iran people have been the forerunners of democracy in West Asia. The late presidential election was another shining chapter in the history of political participation for the Iranians. Amidst chaos and turbulence in the Middle East over obtaining the right to legally participate in society and politics and also for achieving liberty, Iranian people celebrated the aftermath of the election in a festive joyful environment and the minority who had voted for the opposition candidate also took part in the festivities and respected the vote of the majority.
Ladies and Gentlemen
To speak at the presence of Kyrgyz students and scholars who are heir to a shining civilization is an arduous task indeed. For that matter I have decided to speak about the role of civilization and cultural interactions at regional and international levels amongst the countries in the region. To reap the benefit of this opportune occasion, I would first like to implicate the role of culture and civilization in foreign policy and relations of the countries and to that end I will hint at such interactions in the region.
As historical lessons clearly attest, a value based stance along with a civilization-oriented approach could contribute to mutual understanding and respect and bring about an environment of distinguished relations and cast new designs in cultural, economic and geopolitical interactions.
From the standpoint of history, value & civilization have shared an unbreakable bond with international politics and in this regard it is deemed as necessary that thinkers and the academic communities in the region regard the task of re-identifying the common grounds and long historical bonds and revisiting their civilizational identities as a duty of utmost relevance. The retaining of this identity is, more than anything else, dependent upon ‘regional self-consciousness which could contribute to forming common images and perceptions to formulate the roles in the areas of culture, economy and international politics and create new opportunities for the countries. To realize this perspective requires that a thorough evaluation of the status quo be made and the vulnerabilities be purged on the one hand, and prepare the theoretical ground for a new literature in this regard on the other. It is important to bear in mind that the academia should not remain in their ivory towers and mutual ties should not be bound to formal diplomatic relations between the countries. There must be a comprehensive convergence among scholars, thinkers, students and politicians of different affiliations which could turn the cultural interaction between the countries into a geopolitical advantage.
The Islamic Republic of Iran the Kyrgyzstan could undoubtedly take the first step on the path to all-round interaction between cultures and civilizations in Central Asia. On my own part, I would like to assert that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as one of the main partners of the countries in the region of Central Asia and the Caucases, will not hesitate to take any necessary measure to enhance the cooperation and interaction in this regard. Geographical location, religious heritage and a rich culture and civilization has made the Islamic Republic of Iran one of the main historical players in interaction among civilizations and cultural ties. The cultural and spiritual heritage of Iran encompasses wide stretches of the world.
Kyrgyzstan represents a great part of the great civilization of Central Asia. The country has been an equilibrating factor at the crossroad of oriental and Asian civilizations. The role has been seen the mythical character the Manas whose character along with similar character in the two countries has bound the contemporary culture and civilization.


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