Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   24 October

Armenia starts active cooperation with Greece and Cyprus

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 14, ARMENPRESS. Cooperation between Diaspora communities of Armenia, Greece and Cyprus is further strengthened, reports Armenpress.

A trilateral meeting between the delegations led by Armenian diaspora minister Hranush Hakobyan, Commissioner for Humanitarian and Foreign Affairs of the President of Cyprus Fotiu Fotis and deputy foreign minister of Greece Terens – Nikolaos Quick was held in the Armenian Diaspora ministry on December 14.

The Armenian minister said active cooperation has been established between the Armenian-Greek and the Armenian-Cypriot Diaspora communities.

“This cooperation launched by the memorandum of understanding signed between Armenia and Cyprus. Our trilateral meeting between Greece, Armenia and Cyprus is taking place for already the second time. Our cooperation especially between the Diaspora of the countries will continue. The friendship of Armenian, Greek and Cypriot peoples started in 5-6th centuries. We all know that a very well-organized and interesting Armenian community lives both in Greece and Cyprus”, the minister said and thanked the Greek and Cypriot governments for enabling the Armenian communities to conduct an active work in these countries.

“Our main goal as a result of negotiations is to actively work with the youth, organize youth meetings in different countries”, she said.

There are plans to organize educational and cultural events in three countries.

Hranush Hakobyan expressed her deepest gratitude to the two states for adopting a law against the denialism of the Armenian Genocide.

Commissioner for Humanitarian and Foreign Affairs of the President of Cyprus Fotiu Fotis said it is necessary to continue the trilateral cooperation by such meetings and negotiations. He noted that the three countries have a historically formed friendship in all spheres, cultural, political, religious and etc.

“We have developed the cooperation strategy on Diaspora affairs in Nicosia setting two important goals. Firstly, we need to promote our Diaspora to cooperate, know each other, actively work in cultural, educational and other spheres. The Diaspora of the two countries is successfully cooperating in several countries, like in US, France and UK. The cooperation in the US is more active, a memorandum has been signed which is encouraging. The second goal is the cooperation between the governments of these countries”, he said.

Greek deputy FM Terens – Nikolaos Quick said the most important is that the governments of the three countries are able to work with the Diaspora youth. According to him, they have a vision, power and can greatly help solving the most important issues.

“Yesterday Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian met with his Greek counterpart. During the meeting the Greek FM proposed that our countries cooperate at the Diaspora level. We are here and ready to cooperate with Armenia, and we look forward to 2018 to be full of programs”, the Greek deputy FM noted.

Armenian Diaspora ministry and the foreign ministry of Greece will sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation over Diaspora affairs on December 15.

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