Although the Silk Road was a trade line for business in silk, in fact it was a road for culture, said Iran’s Culture Minister, calling for the revamping of the road under the name of culture.

Minister Abbas Salehi made the statement on Wednesday during his meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen at the 32nd Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), IRNA reported.

The meeting was attended by the director of the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) Ashraf Boroujerdi, the Deputy Minister for Cultural Affairs Mohsen Javadi and Deputy Director of the 32nd TIBF, Qader Ashna.

Ambassador Pang Sen expressed appreciation for Iran’s invitation of China as the guest of honour of the book exhibition, adding that this move is highly influential in the future of historical and cultural relations between the two countries.

He said, it is an opportunity which should be seized to promote cultural ties.

Salehi said that Iran and China’s literature enjoy a high status in terms of poetry and storytelling, adding that literature forms a bridge between the two countries.

A total number of 30 countries are participating in this book fair, in which China has a delegation of 150 representatives from its publishing industry.

The 32nd edition of the book fair, with the motto of “Reading Is Power,” opened on April 24 and will continue until May 4 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Grand Prayers Ground (Mosalla).