Speech of the Ambassador of Georgia, H.E. Vakhtang Jaoshvili
Addis Ababa, 26th of May, 2015
Your Excellencies heads of diplomatic missions and members of the diplomatic corps, honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen.
Let me begin by thanking all of you for joining us this evening. Your presence here proves your support for a small Black Sea country and bears testimony of your respect for Georgia’s independence.
My country, as a worthy member of international community, pursues the road to development, which implies building a democratic state, stable economic development and peaceful re-establishment of territorial integrity. Meanwhile, despite Georgia’s achievements in all spheres of its public life for the past years, we have no illusions about the challenges ahead. Part of our land is still occupied, but we made our choice and this choice is oriented not to the past but to the future: We are resolved to deepen ties with the European Union and NATO and it gives me an honor to mention that in June 2014 Georgia signed association agreement with the European Union, which will bring our partnership even closer.
Needless to say, the strong support from our allies on this way is invaluable and it gives me a pleasure to mention that the number of our partners in the world is constantly increasing.
Last year was fruitful in our bilateral relations with our hosting country. The first deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, the members of Parliament of Georgia visited Ethiopia and we are close to conclude a number of bilateral agreements that hopefully will be signed in the nearest future.
The fact that Georgian militaries participated in EU military operation in the Central African Republic makes evident the attention Georgia pays to the security in the world and especially in Africa. And I was privileged to witness myself during my visits to Bangui, how much they contributed to create a secure environment in Central African Republic.
Last year, for the same occasion, as you all remember, I spoke about the countries Georgia conducts diplomatic relations with via our Embassy. I am privileged to underline that since then I presented the letters of credentials to the Presidents of Somalia and Djibouti. I was also obliged to go back to Seychelles and it gives me a special pleasure to mention that after a year of Embassy’s hard work, in Seychellois hotels now you can already find the famous Georgian dish that you all know and love – Khachapuri!
On this joyful note, let me once again greet you all, express my gratitude for attending this reception and to suggest you to enjoy the wine from the oldest winemaker country, to whom I wish a happy Independence Day.
ლე ტენაჩინ! გაუმარჯოს!