Languages and Civilizations event launched at Higher Institute for Languages

Damascus, SANA – The “Languages and Civilizations” event was launched on Sunday at the Higher Institute for Languages at Damascus University, organized by the University in cooperation with the Iranian and Armenian Embassies and the Russian Cultural Center in Damascus.

The event involves three cultural weeks for Iran, Armenia, and Russia respectively, in addition to movie screenings, lectures, seminars, and a book fair, with the event concluding on December 18th with marking the World Arabic Language Day.

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Higher Education Minister Mohammad Amer al-Mardini said this event is a chance to strengthen cultural ties between Syria and friendly countries, stressing the importance of languages in spreading and exchanging science and knowledge.

He also said that similar activities will be held to celebrate the Kurdish and Circassian languages.

For her part, Nora Arissian , the representative of the Armenian Ambassador to Syria, said that this event will help bolster academic cooperation between Syria and Armenia, in addition to showcasing the Armenian culture, asserting the Embassy’s readiness to support any similar activity.

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In turn, Cultural Consultant at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus Anwar Habibi said that the strong bonds between Syria and Iran is due to the shared history of their civilizations, noting that Iran provided around 250 university scholarships for Syrian students.

Similarly, Assistant Director of the Russian Cultural Center Jamal Dormash pointed out to the deep-rooted Syrian-Russian relations in the field of culture, with the most recent milestone in them being the recent opening of a department for Russian language and literature at Damascus University.

As part of the event, a book fair was opened at the Higher Institute showcasing works of literature and linguistic textbooks, in addition to showing paintings from the Iranian heritage along with traditional Iranian handicrafts.

Hazem Sabbagh

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