''Even today, we must be proving that we are independent, are entitled to the international community's full membership, and nobody can decide which path we should follow and what is our political orientation,'' Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili said in her speech at the event dedicated to the Day of Diplomacy.
In Salome Zurabishvili's words, the principal objective and obligation of diplomacy are to bring Georgia close to the membership of the international community.
''I believe that none of our diplomats will spare no effort to help us follow the path quickly and effectively.
Our second extremely painful challenge is the issue of occupation. Our ambassadors abroad are letting the entire world know that we will not tolerate this. Hopefully, the time will come when they are enabled to more actively involve themselves in the process. Geneva is one of the global cities. One day, they will deal with the issue of de-occupation, and they will successfully do so. What matters today is that we do not intend to tolerate this. All our partners or non-partners must know that united Georgia thinks so. We face lots of other challenges; our diaspora has increased in number. We must work together to connect the diaspora to the country. During the pandemic, we witnessed the active involvement of all our embassies in the process _ testing, vaccines, returning our diaspora. However, lots of new issues have emerged. The economy, attracting tourists to the country and promoting our culture, identity, and history remain our serious challenges. Everyone must know that Georgia is not a tiny country in the middle of nowhere. Everyone must know that it is the country of ancient civilization,'' Salome Zurabishvili declared.