13 July 2021

TİKA’s President Kayalar Inaugurated Two Projects in Georgia

Serkan Kayalar, President of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), inaugurated two projects on the same day during his visit to Georgia.

Kayalar first attended the inauguration ceremony of the Multifaceted Treatment Unit of the National Center for Rehabilitation-Adaptation in Tbilisi, which was renovated and equipped by TİKA, together with Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkey’s Ambassador to Tbilisi, and Lela Chikovani, First Deputy Defense Minister of Georgia.

Kayalar inspected the unit and met the patients who were treated there with Major-General Koba Kobaladze, Director of Veterans' Affairs State Service of Georgia, and Tea Eristavi, Director of the Rehabilitation Center.

In her speech after the inauguration ceremony, Chikovani noted that Turkey and Georgia were strategic partners and that TİKA’s activities in Georgia further strengthened the friendly relations between the two countries.

Inauguration of the House Museum of Ashiq Kamandar Efendiyev

In the evening, Kayalar and his delegation visited the village of Kvemo-Bolnisi, located approximately 50 km from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and inaugurated the House Museum of Ashiq Kamandar Efendiyev, a famous ashiq, after the renovation, repair, and landscaping activities of TİKA.

The ceremony was attended by Kayalar; Anar Karimov, Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan; Kakha Sikharulidze, First Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Youth Affairs of Georgia; Ambassador Yazgan; Faig Guliyev, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Tbilisi; deputies; Turkish business people; and other officials.

In his speech at the ceremony, Sikharulidze stated that TİKA further strengthened the historical ties between the two countries with their support and projects in the field of culture in Georgia.

Sikharulidze noted that Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan are three friendly countries, and said, “I hope that years later, our region will set an example for the whole world with its peace, culture, prosperity, and development.”

Stating that it was a historical day, Minister Karimov said, “How nice it is that we inaugurate the House Museum of Ashiq Kamandar Efendiyev, which is part of the civilization and history of Azerbaijan, with the help of the Republic of Turkey, a friendly nation, in Georgia, another friendly nation.”

At the end of the program, Kayalar commented on the two inaugural programs he attended on that day, and noted that the Multifaceted Treatment Unit of the National Center for Rehabilitation-Adaptation, inaugurated by TİKA, would serve soldiers and civilians in Georgia.

Pointing out that TİKA has been carrying out many effective activities in various fields since 1994, Kayalar said, “We are implementing projects in every field and in every region in Georgia, which is a friendly country with which we have a truly fruitful cooperation.”

Kayalar added that they would continue to implement various projects in Georgia, and stated that they were very happy to attend the inauguration ceremony of the museum in the village of Kvemo-Bolnisi.

Kayalar stressed that the project was of great importance as the House Museum of Ashiq Kamandar Efendiyev brought together three countries, namely Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

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