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Dr. Soleimanpour’s Speech at the Second Round of Meetings on Civilization Dialogue between Iran and Turkey at Sakaria University in Turkey

In the Name of God

I would like to extend my gratefulness to the president of Zaka University professor Mozaffar Almas and to the University Deputy and the head of the Political Science Faculty professor Aref Bigin.
Ladies and Gentlemen, honorable guests, Professors and distinguished researcher.
In the beginning I would like to express my gratitude for the formation of a durable framework for dialogue at a level other than diplomatic or media channels, the second round of which has commenced at Sakaria University. I offer my heartfelt congratulations on the opening of the second round of these talks. The name Sakaria which is etymologically based on ‘Sagharieh is familiar to Iranians who once inhabited this region. The role played by the city in promoting education in Anatolia reminds us of the brilliant age of Islamic culture and civilization. The citys being host to these talks and its positive role in furthering dialogue is to be taken as an auspicious omen and cultivates hope for reaping the results of these communications in terms of raising awareness and understanding of the heritage of past generations in the two countries.
Holding dialogue among civilizations in Asia has been inevitable at the present time and leads to broadening and deepening of a real understanding of each other and obtaining a good sense of the public opinion. In this regard, Iran and Turkey are in possession of such capabilities that only through achieving a profoundunderstanding could be put to practical use. Although the two countries have shared borders for ages and have historical and cultural affinities with each other, there seems to be room for promoting a comprehensive understanding among the two nations. For that matter, Dialogue seems to be an essential step. Introducing common civilizational values in the region seems to be a crucial step.
To me, as an academician, there seems to exist an obvious fact: that our attempts for redefining the past and focusing on delving deep into its values is as important as presenting the findings of such attempts and employing them in constructing current global systems and also in forming regional cooperation. In this regard, ‘collective destiny and ‘common objectives are of core importance. Its been a decade since my country presented the idea of Dialogue among Civilizations to the international community. In the course of the last decade, there have been many initiatives of the same nature presented to the international community which all confirm the originality of the idea and the need for such initiatives on the part of the entire world. The idea of dialogue rather than encounter, mutual understanding rather than conflict reflect the needs of contemporary human beings. Additionally, a new demand for building the future civilization has arisen which is based on the juxtaposition of common cosmopolitan values of the orient and those of the occident.
This interaction is the sole way for upholding peace and bringing about peaceful coexistence, sustaining the development and enhancing the humane essence of the human race which in turn will prepare the ground for constructing a global civilization predicated upon knowledge and wisdom, thought and value, equilibrium and understanding. Dialogues on civilization and common values in this framework could first be perceived in Asia and then extend to the entire world. Now, we are witnessing the first anniversary of our talks. Earlier I pointed out the need for understanding and introducing commonalities in terms of values and cultures between the Iranian and Turk Civilizations in the Middle East and Asia. Today I would like to present to you the findings of our work and studies on the subject in the form of two common values which not only are rooted in our region but they transcend the regional boundaries and extend into the majority of Asian Civilizations. The value I am talking about is ‘Benevolence which is deeply rooted in our civilization. Public interaction, production relations, trade relations and other communications in our region were not exclusively based on the logic of cost and benefit but on the principle of benevolence. Future regional arrangements and international relations should be built upon the principle of benevolence to curb all the violence and wars stemming from pursuing interests in international relations.
The other value is the ‘Harmonic Life, synergy and symphony in social and human interactions and extending these values to the realm of trade and production. Harmonic relations in the regional system could obviate the superfluous rivalries and improve the synergy. Dear professors, we dont live on secluded islands as our ancestors did. Our world is a shared heritage. Thus nor any of the aspects of community life could be ignored, neither should any member of the international community be overlooked.
Iran and Turkey are parts of a great civilization which have had reciprocal influence on one another. Regarding our strategic depth, Iran and Turkey should take joint actions in terms of geopolitics and culture. This demands building organized relations with regard to our civilization. Once we have reached that capacity, we will not merely be two members of the UN, but an influential system which could lead international initiatives. This stands against the attempts made by our enemies and rivals in the past century to conjure up an unfair image of us for the world and even to ourselves. Therefore, the importance of seminars and conferences for scholars and thinkers, and the continuation of this trend will be conducive to building a more promising future. I wish you success and prosperity in all your future endeavors and the long way that lies ahead of you.

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