TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the key role that ancient civilizations play in preserving peace and security around the world.

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Addressing the ministerial summit of Ancient Civilizations Assembly, held on the sidelines of the 74th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, Zarif said, “Ancient civilizations have a considerable role in the international peace and security in today’s world.”

He also highlighted the diversity of ancient civilizations and its role in countering the cultural hegemony and monopoly of certain players.

“Apart from the civilizational diversity and special features of each of these civilizations, all ancient civilizations respect human and its dignity,” Zarif said, adding that today’s world needs this phenomenon.

In his speech, Zarif also appreciated the achievements and documents developed during the past two ministerial meetings of the Ancient Civilizations Forum held in Athens (2017) and La Paz (2019), and underlined the positive role of academic meetings organized by the Forum, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.

During the summit, chaired by Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi as the rotating president of the Ancient Civilizations Forum, the foreign ministers of Peru, Bolivia, Greece, Italy, Iraq, Armenia, and the representative of Egypt also delivered speeches.

The first edition of Ancient Civilizations Summit was held in 2017. The third ministerial meeting is to be held in Beijing next month.