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作为外交利器的创业精神

华盛顿——亚美尼亚和土耳其长期以来关系一直不睦。由于悲剧性往事所造成的分歧,这两个相邻国家并未建立外交关系,它们的边界仍然关闭着。

尽管如此,在2014年11月一群土耳其人到亚美尼亚参与创业周末活动,雄心勃勃的企业家在这里交流意见,并把他们的想法推介给投资者和专家。在这里,年轻的亚美尼亚人和土耳其人共同合作创建新的合资企业。“我们不会在意是亚美尼亚人还是土耳其人——只会在意是不是最好的,”一位土耳其与会者这样说。

支持这次活动的美国及欧盟外交官恰恰希望达到这样的效果。几十年来,他们一直在努力寻找亚美尼亚人和土耳其人的共同点,以便让他们能够开始对话。创业者共同的人格类型、价值观和对事务一心一意的专注创造了很好的切入点。

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