bidzina ivanishvili - shimon peres - 2013-06-24

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) and Israeli President Shimon Peres. (Photo published on Ivanishvili’s Facebook page.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia and Israel will create a common commission to enhance economic cooperation.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will sign the agreement in Israel Tuesday.

On Monday, the first day of a two-day working visit, the Georgian leader met Israeli President Shimon Peres. The two talked about need to strengthen bilateral relations.

Peres said that he is pleased the prime minister has come to Israel, which is a country friendly to Georgia. He said Israel wants Georgia to be successful state which continues its traditions.

“Georgia is a multinational country and we respect people of every nation, but we have a significant love that connects us with Jews,” Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said after meeting adding that Georgia wishes that the country of Jews will achieve piece which people really deserve.

“And the rest of the world, we all should do what we can in order to have peace.”

On the first day of his visit PM visited the Museum of Holocaust, also the National Fund of Israel. The Israeli Patriarch hosted him. In the end of the day he met with the Georgian diaspora.

On Tuesday he will meet with Prime Minister, during which they will sign a document to create a new common government commission which will work to strengthen economic relations.

There are planned common business projects in agriculture, technology and energy.

Ivanishvili’s visit has special importance, as early in his premiership, in December 2012, Georgia broke ranks with its ally the US and voted for granting Palestine non-member observer status in the United Nations. Critics of the government claimed this would damage relations, but no worsening was observed, and Israel’s Ambassador to Georgia, Yuval Fuchs later said relations between the two countries are on a much higher level.