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Lithuania to teach Georgia2009-06-24 16:04
Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus preparing to leave his post soon has made his last presidential visit to Tbilisi. Mikheil Saakashvili saw his colleague and friend off with appropriate honors. The Georgian president adopts Lithuania's experience of liberation from the so-called occupation.
On his arrival in Tbilisi Valdas Adamkus first met with Vice Mayor Mamuka Akhvlediani. As GHN reports they found similarity in the mayors' offices of both capitals. "When we decided to deploy all municipal services in one building we had a look at many cities, but it was Vilnius whose example we followed", - Mamuka Akhvlediani stated.
Together with the Vice Mayor Adamkus took part in the opening ceremony of Lithuanian language courses in Tbilisi. A group of 15 Georgian volunteers agreed to study the native language of painter Mikaloyus Churlenis and actor Donatas Banionis for free. By the way a few years ago students of Vilnius University started speaking Georgian. As their teacher Nana Togonidze told Delfi agency her students get factual information about the country and taste Georgian food she cooks. The geographical distance is not an obstacle for interpenetration of two cultures.
Now there is Vilnius square in the capital of Georgia - in memory of friendship between two nations. Two presidents attended the opening ceremony on Mtatsminda Mountain.
"We, people of Georgia and Lithuania have a lot in common. At the time of the Soviet Union Lithuania and Georgia took the banners of national liberation movement", - Georgian president remarked. According to Saakashvili last August when over 80 thousand soldiers, the conquerors, over 2 thousand units of military equipment and 200 jets invaded the territory of Georgia (in order to protect Ossetians from Georgian aggression - ed.) there were people in the center of Tbilisi holding banners and it was not a concert as everyone believes. "It was a challenge when Georgia let the whole world see it would not put up with the loss of independence", - Saakashvili highlighted adding that simultaneously there were actions for support of Georgia in Vilnius.