On Wednesday (26 April), Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will meet his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze at the Federal Foreign Office. Their talks will focus on bilateral relations and the recent introduction of visa‑free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian citizens.
Afterwards the two Foreign Ministers will open the German-Georgian Year in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Office. The speeches by the two Foreign Ministers will be followed by a German-Georgian dialogue with the author Nino Haratischwili, Vice‑President of the Frankfurt Book Fair Tobias Voss and the football player Levan Kobiashvili. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Georgian vocal ensemble Suliko.
The German-Georgian Year is taking place in 2017 to mark the 200th anniversary of the emigration of Swabian Pietists to Georgia and the 25th anniversary of the re‑establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Georgia. The two Foreign Ministers Gabriel and Janelidze will be the patrons of the anniversary events. The German-Georgian Year will culminate with the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair where Georgia will be Guest of Honour.