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Chinese Language Learning Center Opens in Damascus

A Chinese language learning center, the second of its kind in the Arab world with the first in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, opened in Damascus on Tuesday.

Syrian Cultural Minister Mahmud Sayyed and Chinese Ambassador in Syria Zhou Xiuhua attended the opening ceremony and cut a ribbon symboling the start of the center.


A photo exhibition entitled "Magnificent China" was also held to celebrate the opening.


Mahmud Sayyed told Xinhua that the opening of the center will further enhance the friendly relationship between Syria and China and promote bilateral cultural exchanges.


He also expressed appreciation for the advanced facilities in the center and the beautiful natural and historical Chinese sceneries in the exhibition.


Three kinds of classes will be available in the center according to different needs of local people, including common language, business-oriented class and weekend class.


As of today, over 100 Syrians has enrolled to learn the Chinese language.


(Xinhua News Agency March 24, 2004)

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