Tuesday, The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Iatiqlal University Major Gen. Dr. Tawfiq Tirawi and His Excellency the Russian Ambassador Dr. Haider Aganin inaugurated the Center of Russian Language and Culture at the University's Language Center.
This event was achieved in partnership with the Russian Center for Science and Culture and the Russian Embassy, in cooperation with the Palestinian-Russian Academy (PRAS) in the presence of an official delegation from the Russian Embassy in Palestine, as well as the president and administrators of Al-Istiqlal University.
In turn, HE Tawfiq Tirawi, welcomed the Russian ambassador and his accompanying delegation on the campus of Al-Istiqlal University. He praised the historic relationship between the Palestinian and Russian peoples, Russia's attitudes towards the Palestinian cause and its efforts to resolve the crises of some Arab countries.
Concerning opening the Center of Russian Language and Culture, His Excellency Major General said: "We decided at IU that the Russian language will be one of the main languages at the university." The center will serve students at the university and security establishment personnel. Those wishing to learn the Russian language from the Palestinian public will be welcomed starting next year.
For his part, the Russian Ambassador, Haidar Aganin thanked His Excellency Major General for adopting Russian language and its teaching. "Here, history repeats itself in the 19th century when Russian was one of the three main languages in Palestine, when Russian pilgrims were heading to Palestinian cities," he said.
He memorized Moscow in 1820 when Lorsia was the first diplomatic station in Jaffa during the Roman Empire. Thirty years later, he inaugurated the Russian consulate in Jerusalem. Years later, Russian consulates opened offices in some Arab countries.
Dr.Abdel Nasser Qadoumi, the president of Al-Istiqlal University, and the director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture, Alexander Siruken signed the agreement for opening the Russian Language and Culture Center.
For his part, Dr.Abdel Nasser Qadoumi, the President of Al-Istiqlal University confirmed the continuation of the strong relationship with the Russian side, and the opening of the Center today indicates that the language remains the basis for exchanging knowledge, culture and growing experiences.
In a relevant context, the chairman of the Russian Center for Science and Culture, Alexander Sirokn, expressed his pride in opening the Center of Russian Language and Culture at Al-Istiqlal University attributing these efforts to the Russian-Palestinian Academic Society (PRAS) to complete this achievement which holds the name of the Russian poet “Sergei Yesenin ".
For his part, Dr. Mohammad Najajrah, the chairman of (PRAS), talked about the occasion of inaugurated the Center of Russian Language and Culture, which is coincident with the 122th anniversary of the birth of the Great Russian poet Sergei Yesenin. He wished that this center would have the great role of establishing and opening an Arabic language center at one of the Russian Universities.
Najjar pointed to the Russian-Palestinian consultations to hold the first international conference which will be held at the Al-Istiqlal University next January to discuss the Russian-Palestinian relations.