Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Lithuania

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of Lithuania were established on September 16, 1994.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Lithuania:

Georgian Embassy to the Republic of Lithuania was opened in 2004.

  • Levan Gvachliani – April 2019 – to date
  • Khatuna Salukvadze - 2013 - 2019.
  • George Kerdikoshvili - 2008-2012;
  • David Aptsiauri - 2004-2008;

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic Lithuania to Georgia:

From 2001to 2005 Embassy of Lithuania to Georgia with the residence in Ukraine.

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania was opened in Georgia in 2005.

  • Giedrius Puodžiūnas – 2015 – to date.
  • Jonas Paslauskas - 2010 – 2015.
  • Mečys Laurinkus - 2008-2010;
  • Ričardas Degutis - 2005-2008;

Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Lithuania to Georgia:

  • Boris Gamrekeli (Tbilisi Consular District) 2010 – to date.
  • Temur Ustiashvili (Batumi Consular District) 2015 – to date.  

Honorary Consuls of Georgia to the Republic of Lithuania:

  • Kazimieras Musteikis (Kaunas Consular District) 2015 – to date.

On May 3 2018, the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language took the decision to introduce the authentic name of Georgia “Sakartvelo” as official name for Georgia in the Lithuanian language, along with the existing name “Gruzija”. By this decision Lithuania became the first country to mention Georgia by the name established in Georgian language.

As a friendly reciprocal gesture, the State Language Commission of Georgia, based on the decision of the experts’ commission, issued the recommendation of establishing the name “Lietuva” as the official name for Lithuania in the Georgian language.

Main fields of cooperation:

Georgia and Lithuania have close friendly and partnership relations in all spheres of cooperation. More than 20 international agreements signed between the countries create strong legal basis for fruitful cooperation in the fields of economy, culture, education, sports and youth affairs, agriculture, health care and others. The countries cooperate closely within the international organizations.

Active inter-parliamentary cooperation between Georgia and Lithuania contribute equally to the bilateral relations. Lithuanian Seimas has adopted number of resolutions and statements supporting sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia. On 10 May 2017, Foreign and European Affairs Committees of the Seimas of Lithuania have jointly adopted “2017-2020 Action Plan of the Republic of Lithuania on Support to Georgia”. Interparliamentary Friendship groups are created in both legislative bodies and Georgian and Lithuanian lawmakers are holding regular meetings within its framework. Group for Inter-parliamentary relations with Georgia in the Lithuanian Seimas is traditionally one of the largest.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries signed the „Charter on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration between Georgia and the Republic of Lithuania" in April 2009. The Charter was updated in 2015. In the frames of the Charter, the Georgian-Lithuanian Commission on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration was established in May 2010, which provides basis for regular consultations between the parties to discuss bilateral relations, European and Euro-Atlantic integration agenda, as well as positions on issues of regional and global importance and cooperation within international organizations.

Georgia is one of the priority countries of the Lithuanian Development Cooperation since 2005. In 2005-2018, 187 projects for more than 1.9 Mln Euros were funded. Projects provide assistance and support in following areas: support for euro-integration processes, democracy and human rights, strengthening civil society, support for regional development, promoting women's economic and social activity and improving health protection. At the same time Lithuania, as the member of the European Union, is one the important partners in terms of implementing EU Twinning projects. Among others, Lithuania has already implemented 4 projects in following areas: emergency management, metrology and standardization, energy and environment protection.  Currently Lithuania is involved in implementation of 3 Twinning projects, namely in communications, technical and construction supervision and civil service reform.

Georgia and Lithuania have very active and fruitful sectoral cooperation. Since 2001 active cooperation is ongoing in the field of defense and security including the high level visits and experts meeting on the issues of strategic communications, cyber security, Euro-Atlantic integration, cooperation between the National Guards and Defense Academies. Military education is one of the priority directions as well as participation at joint military exercises.

Fostering economic cooperation and full use of the investment potential is one of the main priorities in the relations between the two countries. Georgian-Lithuanian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation has been established in 2015. Positive dynamics in trade turnover has been observed in recent years. Since March 2014 direct flights connecting Kutaisi and Vilnius are operated by the Hungarian company WizzAir. As a result the number of visitors from Lithuania has doubled. In 2014 Georgia became first non-NATO member contributor to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE) located in Vilnius. AO Georgian Railway has joined the combined train project “VIKING” that aims development of combined shipping via Baltic Sea - Black Sea directions.

Two countries have successful cooperation in the fields of culture, education and science. Concerts, exhibitions and film screenings are often held in different cities of Lithuania and Georgia promoting culture and people to people contacts. According to the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, citizens of Georgia are receiving scholarships to complete Master’s studies at the Lithuanian Universities. For those wishing to learn Lithuanian in Georgia, Lithuanian Language Center is established at the Technical University of Georgia. Georgian Language course has been offered by the University of Vilnius since 2014. In 2018 the language course has been included in the curriculum of the University. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Establishment of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia and Restoration of the Statehood of Lithuania in 2018, Shota Rustaveli Auditorium has been inaugurated at the Kaunas Vitautas Magnus University.

The regions and municipalities of Georgia and Tbilisi have strong ties. Around 30 cities and municipalities are cooperating by implementing joint projects and exchanging study visits. The capitals of the two countries – Tbilisi and Vilnius – are sister cities since 2009. President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus inaugurated “Vilnius Square” in the center of Tbilisi during his official visit to Georgia in 2011, while Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili opened the “Tbilisi Square” in Vilnius in November 2015.

Useful Links:

Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Lithuania
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
President of the Republic of Lithuania
Parliament of the Lithuania
Government of the Republic of Lithuania
Joint Projects