RA Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Zhanna Andreasyan received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Armenia Giorgi Sharvashidze.

The ESCS Minister congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment and wished fruitful work for the benefit of the development of Armenian-Georgian friendly relations, expressing confidence that he will contribute to the further strengthening and advancement of relations between the two countries.

Zhanna Andreasyan presented the details of the recent official visit to Georgia to the Ambassador, thanking the Georgian side for the warm welcome: “It was a very productive visit, during which we had the opportunity to discuss prospects for cooperation in education, science, and culture. A number of new agreements have been reached and new memoranda have been signed, which, I am sure, will contribute to the expansion and deepening of our cooperation in all sectors.”

The ESCS Minister informed that the program of organizing Culture Days is currently under consideration, within the framework of which a number of interesting initiatives are envisaged. In particular, the possibility of organizing the opening ceremony of the reconstructed building of the “Petros Adamyan” Armenian Theater in Tbilisi is being discussed as part of the culture days.

Thankful for the reception, Ambassador Giorgi Sharvashidze emphasized that the strengthening and advancement of cooperation with the Armenian side are of great importance to them. Giorgi Sharvashidze expressed hope that his activities will contribute to the formation of closer ties between the youth of the two countries and enhance the level of mutual recognition.

The Ambassador emphasized the importance of holding culture days, stressing that he envisages prospects for cooperation in the field of higher education as well.

“I know that you are in an active stage of educational reforms and are also working towards the internationalization of universities. This is very welcome and, I think, it expands the possibilities of cooperation in this direction,” noted the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Armenia.

Highlighting the importance of enhancing cooperation between various educational institutions of the two countries, Zhanna Andreasyan informed that two memoranda of cooperation between two Armenian and Georgian schools and two universities were signed during her visit to Georgia.

The sides also touched upon the regional language training program and, in this regard, the teaching of Georgian as a third foreign language in Armenia Zhanna Andreasyan noted that since September last year, Georgian has been taught in several schools in Armenia, which suggests new opportunities for bilateral cooperation and joint programs. In regard to the strengthening of ties between the youth, the ESCS Minister emphasized the importance of holding youth forums and camps.

The sides also discussed other issues of mutual interest and expressed willingness to develop cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, sports and youth.