Speaking to IRNA, the head of Iranian museums, Mohammadreza Kargar, said that President Rouhani had suggested donating the gifts, which have been given to Iranian presidents in the course of time, to the museum, IRNA wrote.
He added that showcasing the gifts in an independent museum is a method adopted by many countries. Since these awards belong to the nation and will become a part of the country’s heritage, it was decided that the gifts would be housed in the Museum of Fine Arts.
Earlier on Monday, the Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Mohammad-Hassan Talebian said that President Rouhani announced his decision to hand over the gifts which Iranian presidents have so far received.
He noted that as a new initiative, the board of trustees assigned by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts will take care of the donated gifts as assets of Iran’s cultural heritage.