Shiraz Signs LoI with Novi Sad
Mayors of Shiraz and Novi Sad, Serbia met online to promote ties, by signing a Letter of Intent (LoI), between the two historical and cultural cities.
The meeting was organized on the occasion of Shiraz Week with the presence of Heidar Eskandarpour, Shiraz Mayor, Miloš Vučević, Novi Sad Mayor, Iranian Ambassador to Serbia and Dragan Todorovic, his counterpart in Iran.
Eskandarpour referred to the long history of Shiraz and its numerous cultural capacities and said “considering such a rich background, Shiraz stands ready to cooperate with all historical cities around the world.”
He added “Novi Sad has been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2022. And Shiraz is outstanding as far as cultural issues are concerned. Considering such similarities, Shiraz and Novi Sad can cooperate closely in different areas such as organizing joint cultural events.”
Describing the beauty and history of old fabrics of Shiraz, Eskandarpour continued “Shiraz Municipality has carried out successful and good practices in the old fabrics of the city and has turned it into a great tourist attraction for national and international visitors. Now, our experiences are considered successful regarding the regeneration of urban historical areas.”
Miloš Vučević, Novi Sad Mayor, said “the cooperation on areas such as urban services, cultural and educational ones as well as on domains in which both cities are considered outstanding can facilitate bilateral exchanges and collaboration.”
He congratulated the mayor and the people of Shiraz on Shiraz Day and added “having learned about Shiraz, I became interested in the splendid city of Shiraz. I am pleased to sign this LoI and hope that we can promote close collaboration.”
Vučević continued “signing the Loi proves that the ties between Iran and Serbia can also be realized at the local level. I look forward to putting this LoI into practice soon.”
Rashid Hassanpour, Iranian Ambassador to Serbia, said “ the cooperation between Iran and Serbia is not limited to the capital cities of both countries. We plan to forge the relationship between the two countries in different sectors.” He, then, added “both cities can develop their relationships in different areas such as culture, sports and art. As the high-ranking officials of both countries are determined, we would see the relationships between both countries are flourishing. Thus, it is important to put the articles of this LoI into practice.”
Dragan Todorovic, the Serbian Ambassador to Iran, also expressed his satisfaction with the execution of the LoI between Shiraz and Novi Sad. He said “Shiraz enjoys a unique status in my personal life. I learned about Persian literature and poetry at the University of Belgrade and got familiar with the great Iranian poets like Saadi and Hafiz.”
Knowing the Persian Language and being fond of Hafiz and Saadi, he continued “when I came to Iran, I traveled to Shiraz and visited the mausoleums of these two great poets. As soon as the pandemic is managed and controlled, I will visit Shiraz once again.”
It is worth mentioning that Novi Sad is the administrative, economic, cultural, university and scientific seat of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia and has been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2022.