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Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Georgia. It is a great honor for me to represent Georgia in Hungary!

My country, which is historically and culturally part of Europe, embarked on a difficult path of democratic transformation in the 1990s and took important steps to bring its political and economic system closer to European standards and values.

The experience gained by European countries at various stages is extremely important for Georgia on its difficult path of development. After all, Hungary has gone through a historical-political path full of obstacles. The authoritarian regime that has existed for many years has led to a change in the political-economic system in the country.

After the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, the Hungarian Government decided to open an embassy in Tbilisi, which was a sign of clear political support. During such a difficult period for our country, the support of the Georgian nation was expressed by the entire political spectrum of Hungary, which our government values immensely. The Hungarian people remember clearly the events of 1956 in Budapest and understand the political situation in Georgia.

Georgia and Hungary work closely together in both bilateral and multilateral formats. The legal framework between the two countries includes a number of international agreements that promote cooperation in the fields of economy, defense, education, and tourism.

Our two countries enjoy strong cooperation at both legislative and executive branches - friendship groups operate within the parliaments of both countries. High-level visits are actively carried out between Georgia and Hungary. Hungary strongly supports Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders as well as our country's integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

A successful example of the cooperation between Georgia and Hungary is Wizz Air, which not only operates regular direct flights from Budapest to Georgia but is also based at Kutaisi International Airport.

The global pandemic demonstrated the importance of mutual assistance between countries. In this context, the support provided by the Hungarian state to Georgia in the process of transporting vaccines is noteworthy.

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Hungary, however, cultural relations between our nations date back to a more distant past.

 

In this regard, the work of the Hungarian painter Mihály Zichy in Georgia is the most prominent, which turned Rustaveli and Zichy into a symbol of friendship between two people - a statue of Shota Rustaveli is erected in Budapest, which is located on the square of the same name. Budapest also has a square named after Tbilisi.

The contribution of Hungarian Kartvelologists (Georgian Studies) Lajos Tardy, Marton Ishtvanovits, Margit Biro, and Hajnalka Babirak in strengthening Georgian-Hungarian relations is immeasurable.

Since 2014, Hungary has been offering 80 scholarships annually to Georgian students in leading Hungarian universities. For its part, the Georgian side offers 10 scholarships to Hungarian students. We hope that new generations will contribute to the strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries.

It is also important for us to develop cooperation with the Republic of Croatia and Montenegro, for which we have already set long-term projects within the scope of bilateral cooperation.

The entire staff of the Embassy will work hard to strengthen friendly relations and develop mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation with countries of accreditation.

Zaal Gogsadze

 Ambassador