Non-resident Ambassadors flock to Georgia for national tour

The tour for the diplomats is supported by Georgian Railways., 24 May 2014 - 13:09, Tbilisi,Georgia

Almost two dozen non-resident Ambassadors of Georgia are in the country to learn more about the nation they represent.

The overseas guests joined Tbilisi-based Ambassadors to embark on a four day tour of Georgia, which included a visit to the Samtskhe-Javakheti region in southern Georgia.

Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze said there were more than 30 embassies in Georgia and 65 countries covered the service, among them Turkey, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. 

"Accordingly, a non-resident Ambassador rarely visits Georgia. Sometimes only once during his accreditation period,” she said.

To give the non-resident Ambassadors more knowledge of Georgia, the Government thought it would be best to invite them to Georgia and let them explore the country.

"So, we had such an initiative and I am happy that 22 non-resident ambassadors are here in Georgia for a four-day program,” Panjikidze stated. 

She said the initiative was "very important” and the four day program aimed to give Ambassadors the opportunity to better learn about Georgia.  

Today and tomorrow, Ambassadors will visit the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, meet local government representatives and visit cultural heritage sites. 

The diplomat tour was arranged by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Tourism Agency, Ministry of Culture and Georgian Railway.