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Former Soviet Republic to Open Jerusalem Embassy

The former Soviet republic of Georgia will open an embassy in Jerusalem, according to the country’s president, Eduard Shevardnadze.

He made the announcement Monday at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, where he and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a cooperation agreement covering culture, communications and agriculture.

Earlier in the day, the visiting leader toured Jerusalem’s Old City and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

Only a handful of countries maintain an embassy in Jerusalem, with most preferring to maintain their diplomatic headquarters in Tel Aviv.