Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan meets with French-Armenian Mayor of Lyon

On November 28, during the working visit to France, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan had a meeting with Mayor of Lyon Kevork (Georges) Kepenekian.

During the meeting, the interlocutors attached importance to French-Armenian relations and particularly discussed issues related to the holding of the Francophonie Summit to be held in October 2018 and with the participation of President of France Emanuel Macron.

The mayor of Lyon and the Minister of Diaspora discussed details of the possible visit of Kevork Kepenekian to Armenia in March 2018. Hranush Hakobyan and Kevork Kepenekian also discussed issues related to education, architecture and medicine and attached importance to cooperation in the field of high technologies, pinpointing the existence of TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan.

The sides also touched upon the perspectives of development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership, the community’s active efforts, as well as increase in the number of hours of Armenian language lessons at Armenian schools and issues related to the activities of Armenian cultural centers and the Armenian Apostolic Church. They also attached importance to the business trips of chess experts to Lyon and the dissemination of chess in France.

At the end of the meeting, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan awarded Kevork (Georges) Kepenekian the Commemorative Gold Medal of the Ministry of Diaspora.

After the meeting, the Minister and the Mayor visited the memorial complex perpetuating the memory of the canonized martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and laid flowers.

On the same day, Hranush Hakobyan met with French-Armenian businessmen and discussed the opportunities for not only Armenian, but also French businessmen to make investments in Armenia.

Among the attendees of the meeting were Deputy Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Lyon Gaiane Manukyan, President of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) Raffi Krikorian, Head of the Armenia Programs of the Municipality of Lyon Isabel Lakian and other officials.

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