Georgia marks 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Hungary

Georgia and Hungary today are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations. Bilateral ties between Georgia and Hungary were established on May 14, 1992. For the past 30 years, both countries have been working to bolster their bilateral ties.

Both nations actively cooperate in both bilateral and multilateral formats. 

The legal base between Georgia and Hungary, which includes a number of international contracts, promotes deepening cooperation in the fields of economy, defense, education, tourism, healthcare, and other spheres.

Cooperation between the countries at the legislative and executive levels is intensive – friendship groups operate in the parliaments of both countries. High and highest level visits are actively carried out between Georgia and Hungary.

Hungary actively supports Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in internationally recognized borders, as well as our country’s integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

The Hungarian Embassy in Tbilisi was opened on October 28, 2008, which was proof of clear political support after the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. Georgian Embassy in Budapest started functioning in March 2009.

Moreover, low-budget Hungarian airline Wizz Air has been operating flights from Georgia to Europe since 2012 and is a successful example of cooperation between Georgia and Hungary.

The global pandemic clearly demonstrated the importance of mutual cooperation between countries. In this context, the support given by the Hungarian state to Georgia in the process of transporting vaccines is remarkable – the Hungarian side has safely delivered 100,000 doses of vaccines from China to Georgia.

Due to the acute situation created in Afghanistan in 2021, Georgia carried out an evacuation-humanitarian operation in cooperation with the Hungarian side. As a result of the joint efforts of the parties, a group of Georgian citizens in Afghanistan went to their homeland by Hungarian plane.

Since 2014, the Hungarian government has been offering 80 scholarships annually to Georgian students to study in leading Hungarian universities, while the Georgian side provides ten scholarships to Hungarian students.

The contribution of Hungarians and Georgians, namely Layosh Tardi, Marton Ishtvanovic, Margit Biro and Hainalka Babirak, is important in terms of establishing Georgian-Hungarian relations.

The Georgian language course has been operating at Eotwash Lorand University since 2018.

In 2010, the Shota Rustaveli monument was erected on one of the squares in Budapest. In January 2011, by the decision of the municipality of Budapest, the square was renamed Shota Rustaveli. The monument of Georgian poet and translator Grigol Abashidze was erected in the hometown of Shandor Petef, who appeared in 2010 in Kishkorosh.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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