01, 2011

The President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili arrived to Armenia on a working visit

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Today, the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili arrived to Armenia on a working visit.

The Presidential delegation comprises the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze, the Minister of Energy Alexander Khetaguri, and other officials.

Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Mikheil Saakashvili visited the scientific and production center of Synopsys Armenia company where they participated at the award ceremony of the first Armenian-Georgian Thematic Olympiad for Schoolchildren.

The idea to hold the Olympiad belongs to the Presidents of Armenia and Georgia and is aimed at strengthening and deepening the cooperation between the two states not only in political, economic and cultural areas but also in the areas of science and education. The first Armenian-Georgia Thematic Olympiad attracted 30 students from each country, who competed in the areas of mathematics, physics and informatics. It’s been agreed that the Olympiads will be conducted regularly and each country in rotation will be hosting the Olympiad, expanding at the same time the list of subjects.

Presidents Sargsyan and Saakashvili awarded each winner with a computer. Those students, who in each category displayed the most ingenious solution to the task, were also awarded the “Most creative solution" prizes.

President Serzh Sargsyan and President Mikheil Saakashvili greeted all participants of the Olympiad and the winners and wished them further success. In his remarks, Serzh Sargsyan said,

“Dear Students,
Dear Attendees,

First, allow me to thank you for participating in this Olympiad. I certainly congratulated the winners; however as the Olympian maxim goes “The important thing is to participate.”

The Armenian-Georgian friendship has not started with us, and, quite naturally it will not end with us. But each of us must give it a new impetus, bring his or her participation so that we are able to pass this precious legacy to our children.

But what would the Armenian-Georgian friendship be without competition? This joke has a profound meaning; and that meaning, in my opinion, lies in the fact that we, living side by side for millennia, never raised arms against each other. We competed in literature, we argued whose theater is more ancient, or better, who’s stronger in football or chess playing. That’s has been the basis of our competition, and this is an excellent percept to be passed on to our children.

Dear Students, it first of all applies to you; I am confident that these behests will sit deeply in your minds, i.e. to compete in knowledge, in creativity, to compete in fair struggle, to congratulate the winner and to believe that in any case the both sides have won.
Much depends on you. In Armenia, and I am sure in Georgia too, we strive to have a state, a society whose pillars are knowledgeable people, a society whose pillar is knowledge, a society where a knowledgeable person enjoys a decent life.

Dear Schoolchildren,

They say that when a student, Max Planck approached his old professor and said that he wanted to dedicate his entire life to theoretical physics. And it is believed that the old professor responded, “Young man, in theoretical physics almost everything has been said. Is it wise to dedicate your entire life to such an unpromising enterprise?” But as many of you know, Max Planck became the author of quantum physics and the winner of the Noble Prize – he reached his goal. Probably, I went a little far. I want to bring the example of the President of Georgia: at the age of only 28 he received his PhD, and just at 36 he became the President of Georgia. These examples are called to prove that when you set a goal and totally dedicate yourself to achieving that goal, success is guaranteed. I have no doubt, that you will set goals and will achieve them. I urge you to live a little room in those goals for the Armenian-Georgian friendship, since we are truly the closest friends in this region and ought to cherish and appreciate that friendship, pass it on to our children and our nations should benefit from that friendship.

I am happy to learn about a new offer, a new initiative to establish Presidential fellowships for the Armenian students who will choose to study at the universities of Georgia. I am certain that we will reciprocate, and young Georgians will be interested in studying at the higher education institutions of Armenia. Eventually, it means, the more opportunities we create, the sooner we will able to achieve our goals. The sooner our goals are achieved, the more secure our countries will be.

Long live secure Armenia,
Long live secure Georgia.”

In his welcoming remarks, President Mikheil Saakashvili too expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the idea to organize the Olympiad and with its results. He noted that the second Olympiad will be conducted in Georgia.

“I would like to say that we are doing our best to bring our two states even closer, to strengthen our relations. I also would like to announce that we are planning to establish Presidential fellowships for students from Armenia who would like to continue their education in Georgia. I have no doubt that these two countries of our region will always be side by side and will ponder over our common future hand in hand, because our future is conditioned by the friendship of our two nations.

I am delighted to talk about the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan because I consider him to be my big friend, good partner, my brother. I do know that together we can solve any issue. I recall my previous visit to Armenia; I will not forget Mr. Sargsyan’s support for our country. I will not forget President Sargsyan’s position and his support; the people of Georgia will not forget it either.

The Armenians and the Georgians are very smart peoples, and it’s been proved once again in this hall,” said the President of Georgia.

The Presidents of Armenia and Georgia toured the premises of the Yerevan office of Synopsys Armenia, familiarized with the works of the center, its employees and programs. After the tour, they left for the Presidential Palace where the Presidents of Armenia and Georgia held a private meeting which was later continued with the participation of the official delegations.

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