The Thirteenth International Gathering of the Association for the Promotion of Persian Language and Literature witnessed its commencement ceremony at the of Shiraz University’s Shaheed Dastqeib Hall, with the opening message of the Ministry for Science, Research & Technology.

Dr. S. M. Zebarjad, SU Vice-Chancellor for Research & Technology, greeted all guests with a warm welcome notice and insisted on the obligation Shiraz University feels to promote projects which aim to expand the scope of Persian language and literature.

Dr. K. Hassanli, Director of the Center for Hafiz Studies & Hermeneutics and Secretary of the Association for the Promotion of Persian Language and Literature, pointed out the significant attention this event has drawn, given the numerous papers received, plus the need for improvements in expanding applied literature.

Mr. H. Pazhoohesh, Deputy Governor of Fars Province, Dr. N. Zargham, Head of the National Science Foundation of Iran and Director of the Funding Organization for the Support of Researchers and Technologists, and Dr. S. A. A. Mirbagheri, Head of the Persian Language and Literature Association, were also given the chance to speak a few words for the crowd, cherishing the language and literature of Persia.