Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili in a decree on Tuesday named the cleric as the chief of the organization.
Hojat-ol-Islam Imanipour replaced Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman who was ICRO’s president for eight years.
In the decree, the culture minister called on Hojat-ol-Islam Imanipour to work for development of international cultural relations by making the most of the country’s and the culture ministry’s cultural capacities.
He also called for promoting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s cultural stances and objectives in the world, expanding cultural relations with neighboring countries, developing cultural and interfaith dialogue, and benefiting from the cultural capacities of international organizations like ECO, ISESCO, International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) and others.
Esmaeili also thanked Ebrahimi Torkaman for his services and wished Hojat-ol-Islam Imanipour success in his new capacity.
Born in 1964, Hojat-ol-Islam Imanipour is an Islamic seminary scholar and researcher in the fields of Islamic law and theology.
He has previously served as deputy head and secretary of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) World Assembly’s Supreme Council, director general of ICRO’s Europe and Americas Department, Iran’s cultural attaché in Russia and Germany and ICRO’s international deputy.
The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization is subordinate to Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
As per its constitution, ICRO, according to its website, is to pursue the following aims and objectives: