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Tehran A Lively City with Dynamic Culture: Austrian Envoy

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As Iran marks the National Day of Tehran, Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Scholz has praised the capital city as a lively city with a dynamic culture.

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Iran-Austria diplomatic relations go back more than 160 years. The Austrians have described the relationship as a “160-year-old path to friendship.”

The Austrian ambassador to Tehran believes the reason behind the long history of relations between the two nations is a win-win relationship between the two sides. He believes Iran should be seen not as a country, but as a civilization.

54-year-old Scholz holds a PhD degree in Political Sciences. In an interview with the Hamshahri newspaper, Scholz expressed his views on his stay in Iran and living in the capital city.

How many of Iran’s provinces have you visited during your three-year stay, so far?

Well, 25 provinces, I think. Of course, I should say that none of them was a pleasure trip. They were all business trips. We draw up plans to establish a link between those working the private sectors of Iran and Austria and to boost cultural cooperation.

What is your general understanding of Iranian people and the Iranian culture?

What I can say is that Iran is something more than a country; Iran is a civilization.

Iran enjoys geographical diversity and a variety of traditions. Iran’s culture is a rich one. Each region has its own features. In order to get familiar with each and every region, one has to visit there, talk to its people and understand its potential.

ource of tourists to Iran in H1, ISNA reported.

Although rising tensions between Washington and Tehran are hitting visitor numbers, especially from Europe, the increasing number of travelers arriving in Iran for religious and medical purposes is making up for the loss.

According to Ebrahim Pourfaraj from Iranian Tourism Association, the weak rial helps bring in tourists to Iran.

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