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Concert and Reception to celebrate Independence Day of Georgia and 25 years since the restoration of Diplomatic Relations between Georgia and the UK

Embassy of Georgia in London hosted Concert and Reception to celebrate Independence Day of Georgia and 25 years since the restoration of Diplomatic Relations between Georgia and the UK. The event was held at the prestigious Lansdowne Club on May 30.

The ceremony was attended by high level guests including Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Alistair Harrison, the Secretary General of IMO Kitack Lim, Ambassadors accredited in London, FCO Director of the Human Rights Department Robert Jones and the Director of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department Michael Tatham, as well as the representatives of the NATO Association of Junior and Assistant Naval Attaches (AJANA). Georgian Diaspora, NGOs and the business circles were also present.


Young representatives of the local folk group “Pesvebi” in traditional Georgian costumes greeted the audience and presented them with pins of Georgian and UK flags.

Ambassador of Georgia Tamar Beruchashvili and the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Alistair Harrison addressed the audience.

In her speech Ambassador of Georgia underlined the successful steps taken by Georgia towards democratic development, the progress achieved on the path to European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as the country’s traditional transit role in the Silk Road project. She stated: “Georgia is no longer a Post-Soviet state. It is a democratic Eastern European state.”

The history of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the UK started in 1919, when a capable British diplomat Oliver Wardrop was assigned as the first British Chief Commissioner of Transcaucasus in Tbilisi and was restored on April 27 1992. The two countries have developed strong strategic partnership within the framework of “Wardrop Dialogue” based on common values. Strong ties have developed in a number of areas throughout the years, including defence, political, trade, economic and cultural cooperation. The UK strongly supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as our European and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations.

Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps congratulated Georgia on its successful democratic development. He underlined Georgia’s centuries-old history, as a homeland of wine and Golden fleece.

Georgian and UK anthems were followed by the performances of Georgian piano players Ilia Lomtatidze and Barbare Tataradze. The young talented musicians performed the compositions of European and Georgian composers and were greeted with applause. Both successful piano players have already won several local and international awards and participated in concerts in Georgia and outside with the support of the SOS Talents Foundation.

The guests were treated to Georgian food and wine.

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