Salome Zurabishvili

Salome Zurabishvili

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Date of Birth: 18.03.1952
Country: Georgia

  1. Biography of Salome Zourabichvili
  2. Appointment as Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Family Connection to France
  4. Successor to Tedo Japaridze

Biography of Salome Zourabichvili

Salome Zourabichvili was born and raised in France. She is the daughter of a Georgian immigrant who was a member of the democratic government of Georgia formed in 1918. She is also the granddaughter of one of the associates of Ilya Chavchavadze, who participated in the liberation movement of Georgia in the 19th century. Her father was a Soviet journalist from Georgia who faced persecution for his democratic views and was forced to seek political asylum in France.

Appointment as Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Salome Zourabichvili, who holds both Georgian and French citizenship, was appointed as the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the President of Georgia on December 16, 2018. Her appointment was discussed during a visit to Paris by Mikhail Saakashvili, who stated that "Georgia has never had a diplomat of such caliber." She has a deep understanding of European politics and a strong knowledge of international structures, particularly the United Nations, where she represented France.

Family Connection to France

Salome Zourabichvili is a relative of one of the most famous French women of Russian origin, Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, the permanent secretary of the French Academy and an expert on Russia. Hélène, like Salome, was born a Zourabichvili. Salome's father was Georgian, while her mother was Russian.

Successor to Tedo Japaridze

Salome Zourabichvili's appointment as the new head of the Georgian diplomatic institution was seen as a replacement, rather than a removal, of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tedo Japaridze.