Georgia–Poland relations

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Georgia-Poland relations



Georgia–Poland relations refers to foreign relations between Georgia and Poland. Both countries established diplomatic relation on 28 April 1992. Georgia has an embassy in Warsaw. Poland has an embassy in Tbilisi.

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Memorial to the Georgian officers of the Polish Army who sacrificed their lives to Poland, at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe.

The documented ties between Georgia and Poland reach back to the 15th century, when the Georgian (Kartlian) King Konstantin sent a diplomatic mission to the Polish King Alexander Jagiellon. Later, Polish King Jan III Sobieski tried to establish contacts with Georgia. Many Georgians participated in military campaigns led by Poland in the 17th century. Bogdan Gurdziecki, a Georgian, who was the greatest authority on all things Persian working in the Polish king's diplomatic service, made frequent diplomatic trips to Persia, on which he obtained, among other things, guarantees upholding earlier privileges for missionaries. Already during the rule of King Jan Kazimierz, he sent on missions to Isfahan, and King Jan III Sobieski availed himself of Gurdziecki's talents in like manner (in 1668, 1671, 1676–1678, in 1682–1684, and in 1687). Gurdziecki remained at the court of the shah for several years in the capacity of special resident and representative of the Polish king; it was he who delivered to the shah Suleiman news about the victory of the Christian forces at Vienna (1683).

During the brief period of Georgian independence in 1920, Poland and Georgia had established good relations and signed a short-lived alliance.

During the War in South Ossetia in 2008, Poland strongly supported Georgia. The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, flew to Tbilisi along with other Eastern European presidents to rally against the Russian military buildup and subsequent military conflict.

After several attacks on the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, the Polish president allowed the Georgian MFA to publish its messages on his website.

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