President of Lebanon Mishel Suleyman received Armenian intellectuals who are in Beirut to participate in the celebration dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Armenian printing and to the 115th anniversary of great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents.
Among the intellectuals were philologue and recipient of Presidental Award Dr. Norayr Adalian, distinguished artist, theater critic Levon Mutafyan and editor of “Tsaghik” magazine in Beirut Asbed Roupinian.
Among other participants of the meeting with the Lebanese President were state deputy of Lebanon Shant Chinchinian and First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Lebanon Vardan Adamyan.
Norayr Adalian and Levon Mutafyan presented the Armenian-Lebanese cultural ties. Levon Mutafyan informed about the translation of various Lebanese lyrical poems by poet Sarkis Giragossian and their release in Yerevan in 2011, the active cultural ties and particularly the large-scale efforts aimed at establishing close ties with the Lebanese-Armenian community.
Then, Levon Mutafyan conveyed greetings of Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan and handed the President the book entitled “Ani 1050”, which the President accepted with pleasure.
Writer Norayr Adalian handed President Mishel Suleyman his novel entitled “In the Black Squared Desert”, for which he has received the Republic of Armenia President?s Award.
President Suleyman informed the Armenian intellectuals that during his visit to Armenia, he and President Serzh Sargsyan had discussed issues related to the Armenian-Lebanese partnership and that the issues on economic partnership would be discussed during Serzh Sargsyan?s visit to Lebanon in the fall.
Source: “Hayern Aysor”, 31 March 2012