The year when two ancient cultures came together

The Embassy of Georgia in Cairo is in charge of promoting Georgia’s relations with Egypt, the country with one of the longest histories, paramount regional standing, and considerable power in global relations as well as one of the lynchpins for security and stability in the Middle East and North Africa. The Georgian-Egyptian bond dates back many centuries. Today, as we arewitnessing one of the most eventful periods in Egypt’s modern history, I am, as Georgia’s Ambassador to Egypt, delighted to be tasked with promoting our bilateral relations that are developing dynamically. In addition, the Embassy is accredited to the League of Arab States, an important regional organization headquartered in Cairo with which Georgia facilitated cooperation since 2009.

This year, we opened new avenues in our relations. We held successful bilateral political consultations between the Georgian and Egyptian Foreign Ministries as well as with the Arab League. We discussed cooperation in the spheres of policy, economy, agriculture, tourism, education, culture and in the field of infrastructure projects. During the year, memorandums of understandin in different domains were signed and several joint exhibitions and musical performances were held. In parallel, the Embassy of Georgia in Egypt is accredited to Tunisia, Libya and Syria. In a world of rapid movement and change, it has been my utmost privilege to work on seeking new ways to enhance dialogue with these countries and promote cooperation and mutual understanding, as well as to provide positive input in their ongoing state-building process based on Georgia’ssuccessful transitional and reforming experience.

The highlight of this year’s Georgian-Egyptian relations was undeniably the May 26th performance by the Georgian National Ballet “Sukhishvili” in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza, to commemorate Georgia’s Independence Day. The event was initiated and facilitated by the Embassy of Georgia in close cooperation and with support from the Egyptian government, which is another manifestation of the strong and long-lasting friendship between our two nations. Being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Giza are the only ones still standing to this day and represent world’s most spectacular venues for arts and cultural events. Located outskirts of Cairo on the esplanade known as the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramids of Giza are also the most visited ancient Egyptian landmark. It was symbolic that at this magnificent place, which withstood the test of time, Georgia presented its unique national folk dance that also carries the hallmark of time and quality. It was not only a cultural performance, but represented an essential step towards enhancing people-to-people and cultural links

between Georgia and the whole Arab world as the performance was broadcasted by two Egyptian TV companies throughout the whole region. In a two-hour long program the Georgian National Ballet, dressed in fabulous costumes, impressed more than 3000 guests, including high level officials and public figures, foreign diplomats and media representatives, with their incredible skills and outstanding choreography. On this memorable day National Ballet "Sukhishvili" also celebrated its 70th anniversary with 25 Georgian journalists and reporters covering the event.

The performance created genuine astonishment at the encounter and celebration of two ancient andvibrant cultures. It stimulated great interest among the audience towards Georgia, its culture and environment, thereby contributing to the expansion of intercultural understanding and eventually the growth of bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism.

We remain confident that in the coming years we will witness future progress and achievementsin our bilateral relations with Egypt across the spectrum of areas of mutual interest.