On September 18, 2020, a delegation of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Georgia led by the Bishop Markus Schoch visited the State Agency for Religious Issues who introduced the Agency to the Chairman of the German National Committee of the World Lutheran Union Dr. Franck Otfried, Bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg. The delegation included Klaus Ritt, Counselor of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and Pastor Irina Solei.
The guests were welcomed by the Chairman of the State Agency for Religious Issues Zaza Vashakmadze, who stressed the special importance of Georgian-German relations for the country, the activity of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Georgia for 200 years and thanked the Bishop Schoch for close cooperation with the Agency.
Zaza Vashakmadze spoke about the history of the establishment of the State Agency for Religious Issues, the goals and objectives of its functioning and introduced the guest to the projects implemented by the agency. He emphasized that the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Georgia always participates in the activities of the Agency and handed over to the guests the religious maps issued by the Agency, the inter-religious calendar, the materials of the conference held over the years and other publications.
The Chairman of the Agency noted at the meeting that the state pays special attention to the protection of the rights of religious minorities and expressed readiness to gradually resolve the issues facing the Evangelical-Lutheran Church. Joint activities were also planned at the meeting.
The guests thanked the Chairman of the State Agency for Religious Issues for the warm welcome, for the state's support and cooperation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and presented a symbolic gift as a token of gratitude.
The meeting was attended by Giorgi Ukleba, Deputy Chairman of the State Agency for Religious Issues and Nino Chavchavadze, Head of the Strategic Research, Analysis and Regional Service.