Armenian to be Taught as Second Language in Lebanon

BEIRUT (Aztag)–Lebanon’s education minister Mohamad Yousef Baydoun held a press conference Monday at the UNESCO center–where he announced the Armenian–Italian and Spanish languages are now considered a second language.

Present at the press conference were members of the Armenian parliamentary bloc Sebouh Hovnanian–Abraham Dedeian–Yeghia Djeredjian–as well as Armenia’s ambassador to the US Arman Navasartian.

Also attending the conference were the ambassadors of Spain–Mexico and Uruguay–as well as diplomatic representatives from the Italian and Columbian embassies.

Baydoun announced that the decision was made after lengthy consultations with the Armenian parliamentary bloc–as well as embassy officials from the aforementioned countries. Armenian will be taught in four schools.

In his remarks–Navasartian congratulated the Lebanese government on behalf of Armenia–for this "important decision for Armenia’s," expressing hope that this decision will be enacted successfully.

Also expressing support was parliamentary member Abraham Derderian–stressing that the unity between Armenian and Arab people remain part and parcel of Lebanon.

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