On May 29 an Independence Day Of Georgia was celebrated in the Hague with a concert of a prominent Georgian jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili and a reception at the Koninklijke Schouwburg the Hague.
More information about Beka Gochiashvili is available here: Beka Gochiashvili.Independence Day of Georgia.2017
The celebration was attended by many guests and H.E. Konstantine Surguladze, ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Below you can find the official speech of H.E.
”On May 26, we celebrate our National Day – 26th anniversary of restoration of Independence of Georgia.
We also have another significant purpose today to celebrate so festively – it’s 25 years from establishing diplomatic relations between my sending and receiving states – Georgia and the Netherlands.
Throughout these years we have seen Dutch government supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, our European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
With the support of Dutch people we have concluded Association Agreement with the EU, DCFTA and finally, this year we have signed the visa free travel agreement with European Union, which brings our societies and people closer to each other.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands together with the international community has been vocal on illegal developments in Georgia’s occupied regions.
We truly cherish our collaboration in political and economic fields and I am happy to see high interest in expanding trade partnership, as well as enhancing business to business cooperation.
During these years the Netherlands has seen free and democratic Georgia, reforming and transforming itself, going the path towards joining the European family where we belong.
My country – a land of contrasts, diverse nature, the country that can tell its own ancient history; It is a country that had its Golden Age back in XII century.
This is a country of one of the greatest poets of the world –Shota Rustaveli, who gifted us a brilliant poem “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” .
I am proud that we – Georgians can boast about our traditions, our language, our culture, our cuisine.
Proud that we are the land where the wine was born and we, Georgian people have our unique technique of making this living liquid.
But I shall say that we are proud of our People, gifted people, who are so talented that they make each of us proud to represent our country.”
Text: Embassy of Georgia in the Netherlands, communications-unlimited.nl
Photos: Embassy of Georgia in the Netherlands
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