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Belarus Opens Embassy in Georgia

The Georgian capital Tbilisi hosted the opening ceremony of the Belarusian Embassy in Georgia on 20 December.

This is a landmark event for trade, economic and political relations between the two countries, the Belarusian media report.

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Belarusian FM Vladimir Makei (L) and his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze (C) at the opening ceremony. Photo credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Georgian FM Mikheil Janelidze welcomed and described as historical the decision to open the Embassy of Belarus in Georgia.

“Our countries enjoy an increasing level of people-to-people contacts, as well as cultural relations. The number of Belarussian tourists to Georgia keeps rising. We work towards developing transport communications, infrastructural projects. Our discussions today comprised all aspects of bilateral relations, including the challenges facing the region”,  Mikheil Janelidze said.

The diplomatic missions of the two countries have been tasked with intensifying trade and investment cooperation, as well as expanding dialogue in the humanitarian sphere.

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Photo credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

A new page in the diplomatic relations was opened in April 2015 with the Belarusian President’s first official visit to Georgia.

The milestone visit resulted in 15 agreements, including on the opening of Belarus’ Embassy in Tbilisi. The Georgian Prime Minister paid a visit to Minsk in spring 2016.

In 2016 the trade turnover between the countries has grown by 7 % to make up $63 million. The goal to achieve the milestone of $200 million was voiced by Belarusian FM Vladimir Makei at Tuesday’s meeting with his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus paid a two-day official visit to Georgia. Within the framework of the visit Vladimir Makei met representatives of the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as with the Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia.

According to the Belarusian MFA, the two ministries positively assessed the agreement to organize a visit of the management of Belarus Hi-Tech Park to Georgia in 2017 with the goal of exchanging experts in the field of IT-technologies. 

The possibility to hold the Days of Belarusian Culture in Georgia in 2017 was discussed.

The official visit of the President of Georgia to Belarus in 2017 was discussed at the meeting between Vladimir Makei and the Georgian leader G.Margvelashvili.