Belarus and Armenia have agreed to establish an exchange of books and cooperate in translation of works by Belarusian and Armenian writers and poets into national languages, Armenian Deputy Culture Minister Artur Poghosyan told journalists on 10 February, BelTA reports.
The Armenian official attended the opening ceremony of the 23rd International Minsk Book Fair. “Belarus has vast experience in book publishing and printing. We have agreed with the Belarusian Culture Ministry to cooperate in this field,” Artur Poghosyan said. He added that the ministries agreed to exchange books and cooperate in translation of works by Belarusian and Armenian writers and poets.
Artur Poghosyan pointed out that Armenia has been taking part in the expo in Minsk for ten years. This year, it has been given the title of the Guest of Honor. The Armenian national pavilion is designed to mark the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. It showcases books of different genres.
“We have brought the oldest Armenian Bible printed in 1666,” the Armenian Deputy Culture Minister stressed. The 23rd International Book Fair will be running through 14 February.
Partaking in the forum are guests from 29 countries, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Germany, Israel, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, South Korea, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Palestine, Poland, Russia, Syria, the United States, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, and Ecuador. The forum has been organized by the Belarusian Information Ministry and the Minsk City Hall.