Tuesday 11 June 2024 - 23:52
Iran, Poland cherish centuries of friendly relations

IBNA- An international conference was held to commemorate 550 years of diplomatic relations between Iran and Poland, highlighting the long-standing historical and cultural ties between the two nations.

The event was hosted by the University of Tehran on June 9 when Maciej Fałkowski, Poland’s ambassador to Iran, spoke at the conference, emphasizing the unique partnership between Iran and Poland throughout history. He noted that the relationship dates back to 1474, when Venetian merchant Ambrogio Contarini delivered a letter from Shah Uzun Hasan to the Polish King Casimir IV Jagiellon.

The conference covered various topics, including the history of diplomatic relations, Iranian studies in Poland, Polish Iranologists, literary translations, and the examination of Persian manuscripts and historical documents.

Fałkowski highlighted the strong political and cultural relations between Iran and Poland during the 15th and 16th centuries, and briefly in the 20th century.

He explained that both countries were regional powers that could ensure political order despite challenges from neighboring states.

In the 16th century, Iran and Poland established significant commercial and cultural ties, leading to the creation of schools and research centers. Polish diplomats acted as intermediaries, facilitating political and philosophical dialogues between the two countries’ leaders.

By the 19th century, interest in Iranian history, language, and culture flourished in Europe, particularly in Poland. This led to the establishment of new research centers in cooperation with universities in Lenin and Kraków.

Polish artists drew inspiration from Iranian culture, resulting in numerous academic studies, including dictionaries, translations of Persian poetry, and language research.

Fałkowski also mentioned two significant historical events that cemented the bond between Iran and Poland: The collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 18th century and the acceptance of 116,000 Polish refugees by Iran during World War II.

The ambassador concluded by noting that the historical legacy of Iran-Poland relations has made the two countries unique partners and a source of strength for both nations.


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