ArmInfo.Cooperation in the field of education, science, culture, sports and youth occupies a special place in relations between Armenia and Turkmenistan. Acting Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports (Mo ESCS) of the Republic of Armenia Vahram Dumanyan stated this at a meeting with Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Armenia Mohammetgeldi Ayazov.
As reported by the press service of the RA Mo ESCS, Dumanyan also expressed confidence that the implementation of joint projects and the opportunity to exchange experience directly contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations.
In the context of the development of interuniversity cooperation, the Armenian official pointed out the importance of ensuring opportunities for its sustainable development through the implementation of joint educational and research programs, as well as the exchange of students and teachers, noting that 30 citizens of Turkmenistan are currently studying at Armenian universities.
The acting minister also expressed his readiness to develop cooperation in the field of science by launching joint research projects with partner institutions of Turkmenistan. According to Dumanyan, such cooperation is promising for the implementation of new programs and initiatives in the field of science.
He also pointed out the importance of cooperation in the field of culture and creativity and proposed to discuss the possibility of organizing exhibitions of crafts and fine arts in Armenia and Turkmenistan, as well as to sign a program of cooperation between the governments of the two countries in the field of culture and art, which was jointly developed in 2020.
Dumanyan also drew the ambassador's attention to the issue of preserving the Armenian cultural heritage in the territories that came under the control of Azerbaijan.
In turn, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan noted that they pay great attention to cooperation with the the RA Mo ESCS, thank them for their prompt response to the initiatives of the Turkmen side. He touched upon the joint events of the two countries, recalling that on November 5-7, 2019, the Days of Armenian Culture were held in Turkmenistan, within the framework of which a number of exhibitions, exchange of experience and master classes were held. He also stated that the program of the Days of Culture of Turkmenistan in Armenia was scheduled for May 4-6, 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. In this vein, the ambassador expressed hope that the program will be implemented in the near future.
Mohammetgeldi Ayazov also touched upon the issues related to the expansion of cooperation between the Yerevan State Conservatory named after Komitas and the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan, the National Agrarian University of Armenia and the Agricultural University named after S. A. Niyazov, between the Institute of Geophysics and Engineering Seismology named after A. Nazarov of the NAS RA and the Institute of Seismology and physics of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, as well as between the leading universities of the two countries.
During the meeting, other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.