20 June 2024,   08:51
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As we approach the 40th anniversary of Georgia’s regained independence in 2030, our collective vision, our “promised land” embodied in the Georgian dream – Prime Minister

As we approach the 40th anniversary of Georgia’s regained independence in 2030, our collective vision, our “promised land” embodied in the Georgian dream, said the Prime Minister of Georgia at the event dedicated to Georgia’s Independence Day.

“I extend my congratulations on Georgia’s Independence Day to every Georgian, both within our borders and abroad, as we celebrate our nation’s most significant holiday. Additionally, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the conscripts who have taken the oath of loyalty to our motherland on this momentous day.

For three millennia, Georgians have dedicatedly labored, fought and made monumental sacrifices in defense of Georgia’s independence. Situated at the crossroads of empires, it is this steadfast loyalty and selflessness that have enabled our modest yet esteemed nation to uphold its freedom and sovereignty. With profound reverence, I honor every hero who, in the pursuit of Georgia’s independence, offered their most precious possession - their life.

106 years ago, on May 26, Georgia regained its state independence, laying the foundation for the establishment of the first Georgian Republic. Though its existence was fleeting, spanning only three years, it left us with the enduring legacy of democratic governance.

Emerging from seven decades of Soviet dominion, Georgia heralded a new era with multi-party elections in 1990, swiftly followed by the declaration of state independence in 1991. Since then, akin to the biblical journey of Moses, Georgia has steadfastly navigated toward the metaphorical “promised land” of prosperity and liberty.

As we approach the 40th anniversary of Georgia’s regained independence in 2030, our collective vision, our “promised land” embodied in the Georgian dream, depicts a unified and robust Georgia, together with our Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers and sisters, as united and strong Georgia should become a fully-fledged member of the European family in 2030.

Over the course of the past 34 years, Georgia has weathered numerous trials and tribulations. From enduring three wars in the early 90s to grappling with the loss of de facto independence, authoritarianism, agents’ rule, and a fourth war between 2004 and 2012, our nation has faced profound challenges. The inexperience of our society and the betrayal of politicians resulted in the temporary loss of 20 percent of our territory. Subsequently, from 2012 to the present day, Georgia has confronted myriad attempts aimed at undermining its sovereignty and independence, particularly in the last four years.

Despite enduring the most formidable challenges, Georgia and its independence persist. Today, Georgian society boasts a wealth of experience compared to the nascent years of independence restoration. Moreover, the government stands resolutely at the forefront, safeguarding Georgia’s sovereignty, protecting its national interests and ensuring the preservation of its independence”, - said Iraki Kobakhidze.

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