6 June 201711:36

United Nations Russian Language Day and the 218th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Pushkin was celebrated in Eritrea

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On June 6, 2017 an event on the occasion of the United Nations Russian Language Day and the 218th anniversary of the birth of the Great Russian and Eritrean poet Alexander Pushkin was held. The meeting near the monument to Alexander Pushkin in Asmara was attended by the employees of the Russian Embassy in Eritrea, representatives of the Eritrean Foreign Ministry, members of the Association of Graduates of Soviet and Russian Universities as well as pupils of the Eritrean schools and public. 
After wreath and flower laying ceremony at the monument to the Great poet, Russian Ambassador to Eritrea Mr. Azim Yarakhmedov addressed the audience, noting the great contribution of Alexander Pushkin in the development of Russian culture and literature. He also told about the role of the poet in the history of Russia and Eritrea. He kindly thanked the Association of Graduates of Soviet and Russian universities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea for their contribution to the preservation and promotion of the Russian language in Eritrea, and wished the Eritrean people peace and prosperity. 
After the speech of the Ambassador, the participants read poems of Alexander Pushkin in Russian, Tigrinya, English, Turkish and Korean. It is noteworthy that the Director of the Information of the Eritrean Foreign Ministry Ambassador Negassi Sengal read the immortal poem of Pushkin "I loved you" in Russian. After the event pupils of the Eritrean schools were awarded by gifts from the Russian Embassy. 

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