According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the book fair was opened on December 8 by the Bulgarian Book Association, in cooperation with the National Palace of Culture, Sofia’s Municipality and Iranian Cultural Center in Bulgaria.
Mohammad Ali Kiyani, Iranian cultural attaché in Bulgaria, and a number of ambassadors and representatives of other countries in Bulgaria were present at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.The program was addressed by the mayor of Sofia, deputy of the country’s Minister of Culture, deputy of the Minister of Education and head of the European Publishers’ Union.
The Iranian Cultural Center in Bulgaria has participated in the international book fair for the third time.
Books with more than 170 titles in English, Persian, Arabic and Bulgarian and a collection of Iranian handicrafts and tourism products have been presented by the center in the exhibition.Publishers and representatives from Spain, Portuguese, Scandinavia, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey have participated at this edition of the exhibition.
On the first day of the international book fair, over 100 copies of the Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s letter to Western youth were distributed among the visitors, and they were received very well .
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s letter, which was released on November 29, called on the young people in the West to help pave the ground for enhanced interaction with the Muslim world.
It was the second time the Supreme Leader addressed the Western youth in an open letter. In January, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei sent another letter to the youth in Europe and North America, urging them to study about Islam and to obtain firsthand information about it before accepting their governments’ propaganda.
The Supreme Leader’s letter came against the backdrop of extensive acts of terrorism across the globe carried out by Takfiri terror groups such as Daesh (ISIL), which is wreaking havoc on Syria and Iraq.