YSU Vice-rector on General Affairs Ararat Malkhasyan, Dean of the Faculty of Russian Philology Pavel Balayan, Head of YSU International Cooperation Office Alexander Margarov and the Director of the Greek Centre Levon Hakobyan were present at the meeting.
During the meeting with students Mr. Tayis highlighted the development of cooperation between the two ancient nations and the implementation of projects, aimed at the expansion of the Greek language, noting that YSU is one of the important institutions, contributing to the development of Greek culture abroad.
“Despite the current difficult economic situation in Greece, the Greek government does its best for the development of the Greek language and culture in the world. For this goal it was decided to provide YSU Greek Centre with financial assistance to provide this Centre with the opportunity to replenish its stock with new books and dictionaries, which will be used by the students studying Greek as a first language,” - said Ioannis Tayis.
Director of the Greek Centre Levon Hakobyan presented the high-ranking guest the activities of the Centre, the level of preparedness of students, educational programs and future plans.
Vice-rector on General Affairs Ararat Malkhasyan thanked Mr. Ambassador for the support, shown by his side for the development of YSU Greek Centre.
“The friendship between Armenia and Greece has the history of centuries. YSU Greek Centre has got an important mission in the area of strengthening our ties and promotion of Greek culture. It should be noted that we are also interested in the development of bilateral relations,” - said Ararat Malkhasyan.
Mr. Tayis also spoke about the current stage of the Armenian-Greek relations in political, economic and cultural fields, focusing on the cooperation in future.
“Political and economic contacts between the governments of Armenia and Greece are on a high-level, which is evidenced by mutual visits. Of course, economic ties are not well developed, but steps in that direction are also taken. A business conference will be held in autumn, which, I think, will lead to positive results,” - said Mr. Tayis and added that special attention is paid to the cooperation in the field of culture, which is highly supported by both embassies.