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On Sunday, November 11th, after welcoming speech of Prof. Reza Davari Ardakani, president of the Academy and his elaboration on the Academy's scientific activities, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, stated that he was pleased to meet with the president and fellows of the Academy.

Then he delivered a lecture on "Science Diplomacy for the Future".

In his address to the fellows of the Academy, Dr. Zarif referred to the changes in concepts related to diplomacy, particularly the concept of sovereignty, and subsequently the changes in the number and variety of players in the international arenas, and said science diplomacy is far beyond abstract fields. “For example in various fields related to science like environmental pollution - including the pollution of the Persian Gulf and safety of nuclear plants and other related issues-, one can draw on science diplomacy in foreign policy and launch joint cooperation and build mutual trusts with others,” he said.

The Foreign Minister referred to the fact that Iran enjoys rich conceptual resources and high scientific, cultural and literary capacities and said the capacities can be used as a great source for the country to establish connections with other nations and states.

“Through these connections, one can particularly take advantage of the rich literature of Iran,” he concluded.

Afterwards, Dr. Zarif answered the questions posed to him by the Academy's fellows.

At the concluding part of the meeting, Prof. Davari awarded the Medal of the Academy of Sciences of IR Iran to Dr. Zarif.

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