The delegates of the Russian-Syrian forum "Medicine without borders" met with the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Evgeny Primakov. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Syrian Arab Republic to Russia Riad Haddad and the Director of the Russian-Syrian Business Council, Dr. Yousef Luai, also took part in the meeting.
Addressing the young delegates, the head of Rossotrudnichestvo thanked the Syrian doctors for the visit to Russia. "It was very important for us that your visit would be useful, because you are the specialists of the most important profession on Earth. We wanted to give you an idea of how Russia fights with pandemic and how the health care system in our country is organized. It is important for us that you, having gained new knowledge, transfer it to your country, making it better, richer and more independent. This is the kind of Syria we love.
The Syrian ambassador said it was an honor for him to speak at the Forum in the presence of so many medical professionals. He expressed hope that the Russian side would once again invite the Syrians to such events. "Of course, we strive to constantly develop cultural exchange between Russia and Syria, - said the diplomat. - We know very well how much healthcare means. In Syria, terrorists even destroyed hospitals and ambulances and killed doctors. After the war and the destruction of infrastructure, our country faced a coronavirus pandemic. And very few gave us a helping hand. We are grateful to Russia for its assistance.
Riad Haddat separately thanked Rossotrudnichestvo for organizing the event, which will allow young doctors to get acquainted not only with Russia, but also with each other, to exchange useful contacts. "At the present time our only weapon is the weapon of science," he said.
Guests from Syria, in turn, asked the head of Rossotrudnichestvo about various ways of interaction with Russia. They were especially interested in the issue of obtaining higher medical education in our country. In addition, the topic of post-program interaction was touched upon. "For example, we would like to invite to the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Damascus medical specialists, specialists in the fight against epidemics, specialists in the field of health care, significant experts. Besides, while providing humanitarian aid to Syria, we may need your expert opinion about what exactly is needed and in what region," - said Evgeny Primakov.
At the end of the meeting, the delegates solemnly received certificates of participants of the Forum "Medicine without borders". The same evening the guests from Syria went to St. Petersburg, where they will also take part in specialized events. In particular, the participants of the "New Generation" will meet with representatives of the local Committee for Science and Higher Education, employees of medical educational institutions and public organizations of the city, cooperating with Syria, will visit the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, where ancient records on medicine are kept, as well as see the sights of the Russian northern capital.