Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi and a large number of officials attended the unveiling ceremony of the bust created by Sabr-Ali Lavai.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Rudaki Hall, a smaller hall above Vahdat Hall, Salehi called Commander Soleimani a popular personality with whom people could easily connect.

“Peace, bravery and glory were the secrets behind the life of martyr Soleimani,” he said.

“The real host of this ceremony is the family of Commander Soleimani. Commander Soleimani came to life with the Sacred-Defense [1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war] and today the 40th anniversary of the Sacred Defense is his first death anniversary. Commemorating this martyr will help add to the splendor of the 40th anniversary of the Sacred Defense,” the minister said.

Next in a live video call with Khuzestan Province, the poster of the Zolfaqar Art and Literary Festival was unveiled.

Moreover, in a video call with Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown, a poster of the 2nd Soleimani Theater Festival was unveiled.

The festival will be held in the city of Kerman from December 21 to 26.

Qader Ashena, the director of Iran’s Dramatic Arts Center, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Seyyed Mojtaba Hosseini, and Roudaki Foundation Managing Director Mahdi Afzali were among the participating guests.