Islamabad, December 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for IB and NH Pervaiz Rashid, represented Pakistan at the 4th International Cultural Forum, held from 13 to 16 December in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The minister had a busy schedule of interactions with other delegations and participating in all important events, functions and ceremonies, says a press release received here from Saint-Petersburg.
Pervaiz Rashid participated in the opening ceremony of the 4th International Cultural Forum in Saint Petersburg, inaugurated by Russian President Vladimir Putin who expressed hope that the forum would “be another step toward consolidating high moral principles and aesthetic tastes in society” because culture always “creates higher goals and moral ideals and leads people toward the right path in finding the purpose of life”.
Minister Pervaiz Rashid also attended the awarding ceremony of philanthropists and art patrons, held in the Museum of Ethnography here on December 14.He also had informal talks with Russian minister for culture Mr. Vladimir Medinsky and his Deputy Ms. Alla Manilova during the opening ceremony of the exhibition, “Territory of Culture” on the occasion of70th anniversary of UNESCO. The minister IB and NH lauded the high standards of Russian artists, arts and culture having a long history of par-excellence and expressed his firm belief that Pak-Russia relations will continue to increase and expand in all the fields of art, culture and education for mutual benefits of both the nations
It may be noted that Pakistan and Russia already have agreement on cultural cooperation between both the countries. The minister expressed his satisfaction over smooth and continuous collaboration between various Pakistani and Russian educational institutions, art organizations and academies, like academy of letters (Pakistan) ,Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow state university, Qauid-i-Azam university, Russian state university for Humanities, university of Punjab, etc.
On December 15, 2015 Minister Pervaiz Rashid took part in the Ministerial Business Breakfast meeting. Attending the Business Breakfast were also Minister for Information Kuweit, Salman Sabah Al-Salem, Minister for Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, Abdulfaz Kharayev, Minister of Culture of Iran, Ali Jannati and others. In the evening of 16 December the minister attended the closing ceremony of the Forum wherein the year 2016 was declared as year of Russian cinema.
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