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  • 7 November 2018

    On 5-6 November, Speaker of the Sejm Marek Kuchciński and MFA Secretary of State Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk opened the Polish Institute in Tbilisi.

    Georgia was represented at the opening ceremony by the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze.


    “On this beautiful day for our two peoples, when a new Polish cultural institution is opened, I would like to assure everyone that Georgia and Georgians can always count on Poland and on the community of Polish-Georgian heritage, history and tradition,” Deputy Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk said during the ceremony. He thanked the Georgian authorities for embracing the idea of a Polish Institute in Tbilisi, and for productive cooperation in the implementation of bilateral cultural projects.


    The official inauguration of the Polish Institute in Tbilisi took place in the Georgian Parliament. The creation of the Polish Institute coincided with the opening of the Henryk Hryniewski Polish Arts and Literature Hall in the National Library of the Georgian Parliament. It will house a rich collection of books about Poland and Polish culture and will provide a venue for Polish language courses. The Hall was opened on the 80th anniversary of the death of the prominent Polish artist who lived and worked in Georgia. Hryniewski was arrested and shot in the ‘Polish Operation’ during the Stalinist purges in 1938.


    During his visit to Georgia, Deputy Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk also met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and attended the opening of an exhibition about the Katyn Crime in the Georgian National Museum.


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