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Relations between Georgia and the State of Israel

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations with Georgia were established on June 1, 1992.

Ambassadors of Georgia to the State of Israel

  • Archil (Abesalom) Kekelia (02.2012–to date)
  • Vakhtang Jaoshvili (18.12.2008–01.2012)
  • Lasha Zhvania (15.03.2005-06.2008)
  • Revaz Gachechiladze (15.02.1998-19.02.2004)

Ambassadors of the State of Israel to Georgia

  • Itzhak Gerberg (08.2008-to date)
  • Shabtay Tsur (18.01.05-to date)
  • Rivka Cohen, 03.09.01-18.01.05
  • Ehud Eitam, 24.04.98-03.09.01
  • Lily Hahamy - 1996-24.04.98
  • Baruch Ben-Neria 26.06.93-1996

Fields of Cooperation

  • Regular bilateral and multilateral political dialogue.
  • Cooperation between legislative authorities. Parliamentary Groups of Friendship have been established in both countries.
  • Cooperation in the fields of Culture and Education:
    • Introduction of Georgian culture and its traditions to the Israeli society that will help increase the number of Israeli visitors to Georgia;
    • Protection of Georgian cultural heritage in Israel;
    • Georgian language TV and Radio Broadcasting in Israel;
    • Training of Georgian specialists in the courses organized by "Mashav"- Center for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.

Economic Cooperation

Main directions of cooperation for the promotion of trade and economic relations:

  • Attraction of Israeli Capital
  • Trade promotion
  • Introduction of tourism capabilities of Georgia.

Trade Turnover between 2000 and 2006

in thousand USD

Year Export Import
2000 530,1 2038,8
2001 537,7 802.8
2002 778,4 1295,9
2003 957,4 1,747.7
2004 1449,9 4922,8
2005 1011,0 9659,4
2006 2,337.2 22,311.6