President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday met with Britain’s visiting Prince Charles and praised his contribution to charitable work done in Armenia by a former Armenian prime minister based in London.
The Armenian presidential press service said the two men discussed Armen Sarkisian’s “Yerevan, My Love” project to reconstruct historic buildings in the Armenian capital and use them for benevolent purposes. In a statement, it said they also addressed “the high-level British-Armenian political dialogue” and ways of boosting ties between Armenia and Britain.
President Sarkisian also spoke of his fond recollections of a 2010 meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in London. The Armenian leader visited the British capital at the time to also attend a fundraising gala organized by Charles and the former Armenian premier in support of the Yerevan project.
“Our people’s attitude towards you is special, and the reason for that is your large-scale benevolent activities,” Sarkisian was quoted as telling Charles. “A vivid example of that is your active participation in and your contribution to the ‘Yerevan, My Love’ project.”
According to the presidential statement, Charles stressed the importance of the project as well as the ongoing construction of an international high school in the Armenian resort town of Dilijan. The construction is being financed by Ruben Vardanian, a prominent Russian-Armenian investment banker.
The Dilijan school, which is due to start functioning next year, will be part of the British-based United World Colleges (UWC) network comprising more than a dozen educational institutions around the world. Charles was the UWC’s president from 1978-1995.
Vardanian presented the school project at a meeting held during Charles’s visit to Yerevan’s Matenadaran museum of ancient Armenian manuscripts on Tuesday. The Armenian-born tycoon also announced that an alley of 65 trees named after the Prince of Wales will be planted in Dilijan soon.