Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 15 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili decorated Oleg Basilashvili with the Presidential Order of Excellence for his contribution to the development of Arts. Mikheil Saakashvili toured the prominent actor around the Presidential Palace, the presidential admistration reported
"I think it is impossible to overestimate what you did during your public activities for improvement of the relations between our peoples and for bringing them closer to each other. You did this not only because you have a Georgian name, especially at the time when many other public figures did a lot to hold this people away. Not only we think this way - this will be properly estimated by the History as well. Nations have different periods, different, almost insoluble problems, but whatever happens, we must not lose each other," Saakashvili said.
"I want to say just one thing - what is going on now, is absolutely unexpected for me and it is great happiness," Basilashvili said.
"What can I tell you? My Father and Grandfather were from here, my uterine brother was Georgian. He is a fallen hero. I explored it this year, my brother Giorgi Basilashvili, Artillery captain was killed in action at Kursk, defending the USSR," he said. "For us and for you, for everybody, Georgia is more than a fraternal nation. We have many fraternal nations but we are interconnected with what the President spoke about and it is impossible in any way to break this connection. I think all of us understand this well."
"I have a great hope that our political leaders will use all efforts to make our relations as fraternal, friendly and warm as they used to be in the past", noted Oleg Basilashvili and finished his speech with the lines of a poem of Vladimir Mayakovsky: "As soon as I stepped foot on the Caucasus, I remembered that I am Georgian!"