Fars Prov, Dec 22 - Visiting Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in the southern city of Shiraz on Monday.
Speaking upon arrival at the airport, Akayev said that Fars province not only enjoys a special status in Iran's history but it has an eminent position in mankind's history and civilization.
Akayev added that Fars province, due to its ancient civilization has been labeled as the center of Iran's culture and history.
He also reiterated that many of Kyrgyz people would like to visit the unique historical sites of the province.
Akayev, meanwhile, described as positive the level of economic and cultural cooperation between his country and the Islamic Republic.
Fars province is a land of ancient Iranian and Islamic civilizations and many renowned scholars have been risen from this province.
The tombs of the two renowned Iranian poets, Hafez and Sa'di, and the historical and ancient complex of Takht-e Jamsheed (Persepolis) are samples of the rich spiritual and intellectual background of the province.
The Kyrgyz president and his entourage are to visit Takht-e Jamsheed and the tombs of Hafez and Sa'di.
Iran, Kyrgyzstan Sign Seven MOUs
Tehran - Iran and Kyrgyzstan signed here Sunday seven documents on cooperation for expansion of bilateral relations.
The documents were signed between the two countries' officials and in presence of President Mohammad Khatami and his Kyrgyz counterpart Askar Akayev at Sa'dabad cultural complex.
Iran's Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari and Kyrgyz Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Sadridin Djiyenbekov signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on trade, preferential tariffs and setting up trade centers.
Shariatmadari and Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Askar Aitmatov signed an MOU to lift visa for service passports between the two governments.
Iran's Minister of Justice Ismail Shoushtari and Aitmatov inked an agreement on legal contribution in civil and penal affairs.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei and Kyrgyz Minister of Education, Science and Culture Ishenkul Boldzhurova inked an MOU on cultural and artistic cooperation.
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ali Abdolalizadeh and the Head of the Kyrgyz State Commission also signed another Memorandum of Understanding.
iribnews.com, December 22, 2003