In the Minister of Culture’s Meeting with Armenia's Ambassador, Opportunities for Further Cooperation Were Discussed

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2021 02 26

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The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys met with H.E. Mr. Tigran Mkrtchyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia.

In the meeting, Lithuanian and Armenian cultural cooperation was discussed, as well as the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries that is being marked this year.

Ambassador Mkrtchyan remarked that cultural diplomacy is one of the most important things he does, and that since 2016, when he began his term as Ambassador, the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Lithuania, in cooperation with various Lithuanian cultural and artistic institutions and creative artists, has carried out a large number of cultural projects. Ambassador Mkrtchyan expressed regret that some of the events that had been planned for last year did not in fact take place due to the pandemic, but also expressed the hope that this year it will be possible to mark with meaningful projects the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Lithuania was the first country in the world to recognise in 1991 the independence of the Republic of Armenia.

The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys thanked the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia as well as Ambassador Mkrtchyan for the attention they pay to culture and for the appearances of Armenian artists in Lithuania they have initiated, and expressed the expectation that active mutual cultural cooperation will continue in the future.

Since 2003, the Lithuanian Union of Armenians has operated in Lithuania, composed of associations of Armenians of Lithuania, Visaginas and Kaunas, as well as communities of Armenians of Šiauliai and Klaipėda. All of these organisations work to ensure that Lithuania's Armenians maintain their ethnic identity and ancestral language, and get to know Lithuania's culture and traditions.