Georgian PM Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem

July 27, 2017 13:27
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Georgian PM Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, planted a tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem, in a ceremony held on July 24, 2017. The planting ceremony was part of the Prime Minister and his entourage’s visit to Israel.

Accompanying the Georgian Prime Minister Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the ceremony were the Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mikheil Janelidze; President of the Sports National Committee of Georgia and President and Chief Coach of Maccabi Georgia, Mr. Jamlet Khukhashvili; and Ambassador of Georgia to Israel, Mr. Paata Kalandadze.

From the Israeli side, the following officials attended the ceremony: Director of the Eurasia Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rafi Harpaz; Chief of State Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Meron Reuben; Director of the KKL-JNF Eurasia Department, Mr. Igal Yasinov; KKL-JNF Chief of Protocol, Mr. Andy Michelson; and Israeli ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Shabtai Tzur.

Immediately after he planted a tree in the Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest, which lies directly before Yad Vashem, the Prime Minister lauded the special relationship between Israel and Georgia in an interview.

 “Georgia and Israel have a special relationship, a long friendship of 26 years. A special and sentimental emotion exists between Jews and Georgians. This visit is special because it symbolizes 25 years of fostering diplomatic ties, which started after we in Georgia gained our independence. We also came here in order to explore the new options we have for developing our foreign relations. I believe that all members of the Georgian cabinet think that a great potential lies in our mutual relations.”

Due to the Georgian Prime Minister’s tight schedule, the KKL-JNF ceremony was shorter than usual; the point was for him to have that special experience of planting a tree in Israel. Prime Minister Kvirikashvili was greeted in the Grove of Nations by Andy Michelson, Igal Yasinov and Meron Reuben, who welcomed him and explained the significance and importance of planting a tree in the Grove of Nations. Together they unveiled the recognition plaque for Giorgi Kvirikashvili in the row of plaques honoring all Heads of State who planted trees in the past during their visits to Israel.

After the unveiling, the prime minister went ahead with the tree planting. Andy Michelson and Meron Reuben awarded the Prime Minister with KKL-JNF Certificate of Appreciation in honor of his planting a tree in Israel.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili was born on July 20, 1967, and has been serving as Prime Minister of Georgia on behalf of the Georgian Dream Party since 2015. Kvirikashvili is known for his efforts to advance his country’s integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic region and to attract foreign investments to his country. He has declared that he would like the relationship between Georgia and the U.S. to be the backbone of regional stability, economic development and democratization.

“The Prime Minster of Georgia, who planted an olive tree today, said that he was very interested in KKL-JNF’s technology and know-how in agriculture. He also said that he would instruct his Minister of Agriculture to contact KKL-JNF in order to learn from our knowledge and share it with the people of Georgia”, said Igal Yasinov, Director of the KKL-JNF Eurasia Department, who discussed these matters extensively with the prime minster during the ceremony.  

Watch video of the olive tree planting ceremony with the Georgian PM

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