Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Hungary
Chronology of Diplomatic Relations:
Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Hungary were established on 14 May 1992.
Ambassadors of Georgia to Hungary
- Zaal Gogsadze - 03.11.2018 - to date;
- Zaza Kandelaki - 05.06.2013 - 1.10.2018
- Zviad Chumburidze 09.03.2009 –09.03.2013 (with residence in Budapest)
- Konstantine Jghenti (Charge d'Affairs) (2008)
- Viktor Dolidze (03.12.2005 -31.12.2007) (with residence in Vienna)
- Giorgi Arsenishvili (29.12.2001 - 15.07.2004) (with residence in Vienna)
Ambassadors of Hungary to Georgia with residence in Tbilisi
Anna Mária Sikó - 13.10.2021- to date;
Viktória Horváth – 2017 – 2021;
Sándor Szabó – 21.11.2011 - 2017
- Gábor Sági - From October 2008 till August 2011
Ambassadors of Hungary to Georgia with residence in Kiev
- 2008 - Sándor Juhasz
- 2007-2008 - Andras Barsony
- 2003-2007 - Janos Tóth
- 2002-2003 - Ferenc Kontra
- 1999 – 2002- Ernő Keskeny
- 1993-1999 - Dyörgy Nanovfszky
The main fields of cooperation:
Georgia and Hungary actively cooperate in bilateral as well as
multilateral formats. The existing legal framework between the two countries
which includes more than fifteen international agreements, facilitates
cooperation in the fields of economy and finances, defense, education, tourism,
health care, etc.
Cooperation is successful between the legislative bodies. Friendship
groups are established in both Parliaments.
Since 2013 the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation has
been functioning between Georgia and Hungary with the aim of strengthening
Hungarian air company Wizz Air with airbase in Kutaisi is performing
direct flights from Kutaisi to Budapest as well as to various cities of Europe.
The cooperation is active in the field of education. Numerous
agreements have been signed recently between the different institutions of the
two countries. Since 2014, Hungarian side offers annual scholarships to Georgian
students for studies at the leading universities of Hungary. Georgian side on
its part, offers up to ten scholarships to citizens of Hungary, who wish to
study or conduct researches at the selected Georgian universities. Georgian language & Culture course is offered at the Faculty of Humanities of the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest. The above university also hosts the Georgian library named after Hungarian Kartvelologist Marton Istvanovits.
Defense cooperation encompasses study visits and experience-sharing in
different directions, including crises management issues.
Cooperation in the field of culture is developing dynamically. A square
was named after Shota Rustaveli and the monument of the poet has been erected
in Budapest. In the Hungarian town of Kiskőrös, the monument of Grigol
Abashidze was put up in the Memorial Museum of the famous poet Sándor Petőfi.
On 4 - 5 December, 2017, Tbilisi hosted the Hungarian Cultural Days, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and the Hungarian Embassy in Georgia.
During the annual event titled “Recognition of Achievements of Diaspora and Foreign Friends of Georgia” held in Tbilisi on 10 May, 2019, Dr. Hajnalka Babirak, Hungarian Krtvelologist, received the “Foreign Friend of Georgia” award in recognition of her contribution to the promotion of Georgia’s positive image abroad.
It is noteworthy that in 2014, Georgia’s State
Award “Order of Honour” was presented to the son of the Hungarian Brigadier
General László Török, who tragically lost his life in 2001 in Abkhazia,
Georgia, while performing his official duties as a member of the UN Observer Mission