Ar­me­nia, China sign agree­ment on 4-year cul­tural project

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

YEREVAN—Ar­me­nia’s Cul­tural Min­is­ter Has­mik Poghosyan and Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Ar­me­nia Tian Er­long signed an agree­ment here Fri­day on a bi­lat­eral cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion pro­gram for 2017-2020.

The pro­gram blue­prints co­op­er­a­tion aimed at the preser­va­tion of cul­tural tra­di­tions in the spheres of mu­se­ums, the­aters, mu­sic, dances, lit­er­a­ture and cinema, as well as part­ner­ship in cul­tural events un­der the theme of the Silk Road, cul­ture days, preser­va­tion of cul­tural her­itage and also in the ar­eas of main­te­nance and re­con­struc­tion of his­toric mon­u­ments.

The agree­ment fol­lows a pre­vi­ous bi­lat­eral cul­tural pro­gram signed for 2012-2016. Fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony, Has­mik Poghosyan and Tian Er­long held a joint press con­fer­ence to talk about the cur­rent state of cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

“Cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion is an in­te­gral part of the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries as we both have an­cient cul­tures.

In re­cent years cul­tural re­la­tions be­tween Ar­me­nia and China have been de­vel­op­ing in all ar­eas,” said Tian, adding the third “Days of Chi­nese Cul­ture in Ar­me­nia” event is held in Ar­me­nia from June 9 to 14.

“Cul­tural re­la­tions be­tween Ar­me­nia and China keep on de­vel­op­ing. The sign­ing of this agree­ment is a tes­ta­ment to the fact that China is a coun­try with whom we can trust and co­op­er­ate,” said Has­mik Poghosyan.

He said that apart from the signed agree­ment, the in­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of the cul­tural re­la­tions was also im­por­tant, re­fer­ring to the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute in Ar­me­nia and the re­cent open­ing of a new Chi­nese school in Ar­me­nia.

The con­cert of the China Song and Dance Ensem­ble of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties at the House of Opera and Bal­let of Yerevan will mark the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony of the event. In the frame­works of this project, an ex­hi­bi­tion of Chi­nese em­broi­dery prod­ucts dubbed “El­e­gant Chi­nese Em­broi­dery” will also be held in the Hovhannes Tu­manyan Mu­seum.—Xin­hua Raqqa.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a British-based mon­i­tor, said war­planes from a USled coali­tion were con­duct­ing heavy bomb­ing raids on Man­bij.

“Tens of thou­sands of civil­ians who are still there can’t leave as all the routes out of the city are cut,” Ob­ser­va­tory head Rami Ab­del Rah­man told AFP.—Agen­cies

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