It has been almost one year since my arrival in the UK. It has been a challenging period due to the Covid pandemic, but at the same time we learned how to adjust ourselves to new realities and new type of virtual diplomacy.
As I represent the Georgian government in the UK, amongst other things, my daily work involves achieving key strategic objectives in the UK – to enhance our cooperation in security, defence, trade and economy and strengthen friendship between Georgia and UK.
This year Georgia marks the 30th anniversary since the restoration of independence – a milestone reflecting our challenges and progress. Throughout this period the relations between Georgia and the UK have prospered and today our bonds remain as strong and important as ever.
One of my priorities is to raise Georgia’s profile in the UK. In this light Twinning links continue to play an important role. I am keen to further enhance these ties and as soon as circumstances allow I intend to visit Wales and Newport to celebrate the strong friendship between our twinned cities over the past four decades.
Sophie Katsarava MBE
Comments From Dame Rosemary Butler
I have had the privilege of knowing Sophiko for a number of years and I am very grateful for all the work she has done to help strengthen the Twinning between Kutaisi and Wales when she worked at the British Embassy in Tiblisi.
I recall some very special occasions at the British Embassy, among them a reception in 2014 celebrating the link with Wales when the Embassy was decorated with Welsh flags. Sophiko’s enthusiasm and organising skills were obvious that day when she helped host a reception for young Welsh and Georgian rugby players as well as choirs from the two nations (below).
I met with the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament on several occasions and I was delighted to host him when visited the Senedd . Sophiko played a major role in that visit . When officials from the Welsh Assembly went to the Georgian Parliament to discuss parliamentary procedures her translation skills helped to make the visit extremely worthwhile.
I know that Sophiko will make an excellent Ambassador for Georgia and we look forward to welcoming her when she is free to visit Newport.
Dame Rosemary Butler
Presiding Officer National Assembly for Wales 2013 – 2017