Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who is in Israel on a three-day official visit, on Tuesday, July 25, was the guest of honor by the Jewish National Fund («Keren Kayemet Le-Israel»). He took part in the ceremony of planting an olive tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem forest, near the trees of political leaders around the world.
The arrival in Israel and planting trees in the Forest Nations has become a tradition for Georgian politicians. Every President and Prime Minister does the ritual in the first year after the election. The cooperation of the JNF-KKL with the government and the Jewish community of Georgia started 9 years ago, when, in Tbilisi, in front of the entrance to the main building of Tbilisi state University, in honor of the Georgian-Israeli friendship was planted 60 trees.
Prime Minister of Georgia also held in Israel a number of official meetings, visited the memorial complex «Yad Vashem», which is adjacent to a Grove of Nations. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, a doctor and economist by training, he holds the post of Prime Minister from December 2015, he was previously Minister of economy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign Affairs. He is a supporter of integration with European and Euro-Atlantic block, and also attaches great importance to foreign investment.
The grove of Nations was founded in 2003 as a joint initiative of JNF-KKL and the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Israel.