The Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani diplomatic prize reception ceremony was held in the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
It is noteworthy that this institutional prize has been issues for the first time in the Ministry’s history.
Within the framework of the event the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, awarded the first prize to the former Georgian ambassador to the Republic of Austria and OSCE, as well as other international organizations based in Vienna, a distinguished diplomat, Konstantine Zaldastanishvili, who would have turned 60 this year.
The prize was also awarded to the permanent representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, Irakli Giviashvili, for his efforts in preparation of assuming the chairmanship of the committee of ministers of the Council of Europe (27.11.19-15.05.2020) and its subsequent execution and for adhering to Georgia’s interests and successfully executing relevant events despite the challenges brought up by the pandemic.
Additionally, the prize was also awarded to the permanent representative of Georgia to the UN, Kakha Imnadze, for introducing and popularizing Georgia as well as organizing significant processes in terms of leadership; increasing the relevance of the issue of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, increasing the number of supporters and co-sponsors of the resolution regarding the “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia”, increasing the number of Georgia’s representatives in the elected bodies within international organizations.
Within the framework of the even, David Zalkaliani, also addressed the staff of the Ministry in an online format, thanking them for their work in 2020, which, according to the Minister’s assessment, was successful and effective in terms of many dimensions of foreign policy-making. The Minister wished them success in their professional life in 2021 and the ability to overcome any adversity, that Georgia, along with other states, may face due to the current global pandemic.