The President of Armenia and the Mayor of Plovdiv discuss deepening mutual partnership in various areas
11:31, 20 October 2022
YEREVAN, OCTOBER 20, ARMY PRESS. On the fringes of his state visit to Bulgaria, Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan visited the Armenian-populated city of Plovdiv, where he met with Mayor Zdravko Dimitrov, the Presidential Office said.
During the meeting in the Plovdiv City Hall, the mayor said that they are looking forward to the visit of the President of Armenia with great joy and excitement.
“There is quite a large Armenian community in Plovdiv and we are very proud of it. The only Armenian school in Bulgaria, which has been in operation since 1834, is also stationed here. There is also an Armenian church in our city,” said Mayor Zdravko Dimitrov, informing the President about the city’s development programs and opportunities for cooperation.
President Khachaturyan thanked for the warm welcome and appreciated the friendly attitude of Bulgaria towards the Armenians. He said that good conditions were created for the representatives of the Armenian community, thanks to which they tried to make a significant contribution to the development and progress of Bulgaria with their activities.
In his speech, Mayor Zdravko Dimitrov recalled the Armenian Mayor of Plovdiv as Tiran Parikian, who was in office from 1971 to 1979. He made a huge contribution to creating the city’s modern look. Another ethnic Armenian, Karapet Tovmasian, was the mayor of Plovdiv from 1991 to 1995. During his tenure, he introduced a number of models of modern governance.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed a number of issues aimed at deepening mutual partnership in various areas.
During the visit to Plovdiv, the President of Armenia also visited the Ancient Theater of Philippopolis, the Secondary School “Viktoriya i Kirkor Tyutyundzhiyan”, the Armenian Church of St. George and the Stepan Hindliyan House-Museum.