Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has wished a happy birthday to Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II ''on behalf of the Georgian people.''
''Georgians, who are scattered around the world, have retained their faith, love of their country, and moral principles thanks to you.
Today when the pandemic is raging, and Georgia 'suffers from the ailment' called polarization, it, as never before, needs your parental care and prayers.
May you stay healthy and strong-spirited,'' the president says.
Patriarch Ilia II has turned 89.