Iran National Day Celebrated at Expo Milan 2015

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In a ceremony attended by Iranian ministers and diplomats as well as renowned artists, Iran’s National Day was celebrated at the Expo Milan 2015, Italian media reported.

Four month after opening the Expo Milan 2015, Iran officially opened the doors of its pavilion to tourists and businessmen on Aug. 23 during the celebrations of its National Day.

Expo officials had decided on August 23 as ‘Iran’s National Day’ due to its concurrence with ‘Doctors’ Day’, celebrated in the country to mark the birth anniversary of Avicenna’s, the Persian polymath.

“The countries participating in Expo 2015 should work together to achieve a sufficient production of healthy food for all people of the world.” Iran’s minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh addressed in the ceremony of ‘Iran’s National Day’.

Thanking Italy for organizing the Universal Exposition in a time when hunger and poverty is a critical issue that involves the entire planet, Reza Nematzadeh announced that: “In spite of the limitations imposed, Iran is willing to cooperate internationally to support agricultural production through the exchange of scientific experience. ”

“Although the last few years have not been the easiest, the present climate offers the possibility of resuming the relations between our two nations, which have long been bound by enduring and sincere friendship,” said Cosimo Ferri, Italy’s Undersecretary to Justice, in his official address at Iran’s flag-raising and national anthem ceremony.

Even if the two countries’ bilateral relations “have never lost their interest”, Mr Ferri said, now there are the conditions to reinforce their collaboration in order to achieve “mutual social, economic and cultural growth.”

He continued: “Italy, Iran’s gateway to Europe, aims at resuming its position as Iran’s leading commercial partner” by increasing exports from the 1.1 billion euros in 2014 to the seven billion euro bilateral trade recorded before the sanctions. The sectors that Italy is most focused on are “infrastructures, transports, tourism, mechanical engineering and the agro-food sector.”

A 50-member team has designed the beautiful Iranian pavilion at the exhibition. It takes its form after the Iranian tablecloth which, in Iranian tradition and culture, symbolizes divine feast and profusion of God’s bounties.

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Iranian pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

The pavilion consists of two different levels: the upper level is dedicated to the exposition space, which is divided according to Iran’s seven climatic regions, while the lower level is devoted to Iran’s typical products and its very rich culinary tradition.

The pavilion’s interior has been decorated with beautiful symbolic designs taken from Iranian handicrafts and tablecloth’s colorful embroidery.

This is the first time in the fair’s history that Iran has constructed and designed its pavilion.

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Inside the pavilion of Iran

This will be the second time Milan is hosting the exposition — the first being the Milan International of 1906. On November 23, 2010, Milan was officially named as the host by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE). Its General Assembly in Paris decided in favor of Milan’s candidature on March 31, 2008.

The expo’s theme embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. Expo 2015 will further develop themes introduced in its earlier editions such as water at (Zaragoza, 2008) in the light of new global scenarios and emerging issues, with a principal focus on the right to healthy, secure and sufficient food for all the world’s inhabitants.

Representatives from 140 countries and 40 international organizations are taking part in the event which will continue until October 31.

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