(JNS) Georgia is set to open a cultural center in Jerusalem, becoming the eighth country to do so, its Israel embassy confirmed on Dec 26.
A spokesperson for the Georgian Embassy said it has not been decided yet when or where the center will open, and that details are still being discussed.
“We welcome the center’s opening,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office.
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely applauded the decision, saying “more and more countries are joining the historic process that began with the U.S., and are recognizing the historic connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.”
Located in the Caucasus Mountain region of Eurasia, the former Soviet state established relations with Israel shortly after independence in 1992, and the two countries enjoy close security cooperation. There are an estimated 120,000 Georgian Jews residing in Israel and 13,000 living in Georgia.