Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The Armenian Ambassador to Indonesia, Dziunik Aghajanian, has expressed hope that the education cooperation program with Indonesia would strengthen relations between the two countries and peoples.
“Armenia’s relations with Indonesia are based on mutual respect and trust. Partnership is our modus operandi. I hope our programs create new bond between the two countries and peoples,” Ambassador Aghajanian stated in her remarks at the celebration of the 28th anniversary of Armenia here on Friday night (Oct 4).
On that occasion, the ambassador explained the history of the formation of Armenia as a country when it was separated from the Soviet Union in 1992.
According to her, at first the Armenians had to go through difficult times. However, they are able to rise up with a strong economy because it makes education as one of the principles to survive.
“Education creates knowledge and helps us advance. But we also have to learn from history,” Ambassador Aghajanian said, adding that potential for educational cooperation between Armenia and Indonesia could enhance the bilateral relations.
Moreover, she continued, the relations between the Armenian and Indonesian peoples had actually been established long time ago.
“The oldest Majapahit Hotel in Surabaya was built by Armenian brothers,” the ambassador noted.
Meanwhile, in connection with the educational cooperation, Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy who was present as a guest of honor at the celebration offered Dharmasiswa scholarship program to Armenian students to study in Indonesia.
“So far there are four Armenian students studying in Indonesia under the Dharmasiswa program. They are part of the ever-lasting relationship between the two countries and hopefully there will be more Armenian students studying in Indonesia in the future,” the minister said.
The Armenian National Day falls on September 21 and is also celebrated as the World Peace Day.
Reporting by Indonesia Window