Johannes Hahn will visit Georgia
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn will visit Georgia in 14-15 July.
According to the agenda published on the official web-page of European Commission, in the frames of the visit he will meet President Margvelashvili and the representatives of the government. He will also take part in the 13th international conference “The European Way of Georgia,” in Batumi.
The conference will hold in 14-15 of July.
EU and IOM donate fast response boats to Georgia’s coast guard
On 16 June, the European Union and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) donated four modern boats to Georgia’s Coast Guard.
These rapide response boats with a total cost of around 5 million laris will be deployed in Poti and Batumi. They will support the Coast Guard in patrolling coastal waters and conducting effective search and rescue operations, as well as to enhance interdiction capabilities.
The main technical specifications of the boats have been tailored to the needs of the Coast Guard to ensure compatibility with the maritime surveillance equipment and systems already in place in Georgia.
“Safe and secure borders are key for citizens in Georgia, as in any country. Ensuring security of and around the Black Sea – the physical bridge between the EU and Georgia – is a shared priority for both Georgia and the EU,” said Catalin Gherman, from the EU Delegation to Georgia, during the ceremony in Poti.
The boats were donated within the project ‘Support to Integrated Border Management in Georgia’, implemented by the IOM in the framework of the EU’s ‘EU4 Security, Accountability and Fight against Crime in Georgia’ (SAFE) programme.
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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Batumi State University
Question about the event
Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We are delighted to be here tonight to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. I’ve had a chance to visit with some of our partners during the two days I’ve been here so far, but tonight’s reception is to thank our wonderful partners here in Adjara for all of the great work that we’ve been doing together over the last 30 years. There have been some really important initiatives that have helped develop the economy, develop civil society, develop democracy and local governance, as well as security cooperation, and many other areas that we’re working on with our Georgian partners here in the entire region. So, tonight is really our thank you.
Question on Georgia’s EU application and the possibility of receiving candidate status
Ambassador Kelly Degnan: For 30 years, the United States has been working toward Georgia’s full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community of nations. Almost everything that we have done and are doing here in Georgia is designed to support the people of Georgia’s desire to be part of the European Union and to be part of NATO. That is what the people of Georgia want, and that is what the United States firmly supports. We have been advocating on behalf of Georgia’s EU candidacy because we want to see Georgia succeed in its European aspirations.
When I hear people say that the United States is working against Georgia or trying to drag Georgia into the war or open a “second front,” that is a hundred percent Russian disinformation. That is absolutely not true. The United States has done everything we can to stop this war, to stop the fighting. Even before hostilities broke open, the United States was the country that was working hardest to prevent this war from happening. We absolutely do not want to see Georgia dragged into this war. In our view, what the European Union – what NATO stands for is peace, stability, prosperity. You can see it in every country you’re in: the stability and prosperity and the peace that come with being part of the Euro-Atlantic community. And we want that for Georgia too. We know that’s what the Georgian people want as well. So, we’re going to continue to be fully committed to Georgia’s sovereignty, to its territorial integrity, and to its desire to be fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic family of nations.
Question about the Prime Minister’s recent comments
Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I won’t speak on behalf of the Prime Minister, but what I can say is I don’t know anybody in Georgia who wants Georgia to be part of this war. I think everybody in Georgia is – and certainly, the United States is very aware—of what Georgians have gone through and how they are feeling. What’s going on in the outpouring of humanitarian assistance and support for Ukraine is a good indication of where Georgians’ hearts are in this fight. What is really needed is not this fighting amongst Georgians. It’s for Georgians to come together. This is one issue where I would hope Georgia’s leaders could put aside their differences and come together in the interest of this country’s future: in the interest of this country’s stability and prosperity. Unity is what is needed right now, not more fighting: unity. I would love to see Georgians live up to their motto of “dzala ertobashia” that’s what’s needed right now.
Prime Minister of Georgia Participates in a High-Level International Donors Conference for Ukraine
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia participated ibn a High-Level International Donors Conference for Ukraine within the scope of his visit to the Republic of Poland along with numerous other leaders of participating nations.
The Head of Government of Georgia arrived at the national stadium of Warsaw, which was a designated venue of the high-level conference. He was greeted by Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland and Magdalena Andersson, Prime Minister of Sweden. The High-Level International Donors Conference is co-hosted by the Prime Ministers of Poland and Sweden, in partnership with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission. Participants of the conference reviewed the consequences of the war waged in Ukraine and discussed the solutions to the humanitarian and economic crisis.
Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland addressed the audience along with Magdalena Andersson, Prime Minister of Sweden; Charles Michel, President of the European Council and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. Participants of the conference also listened to the video address of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine.
Prime Minsiter of Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, Lithunia, Latvia, Albania, Croatia, Iceland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Norway were among the participants of the high-level conference.
The Head of Government of Georgia addressed the participating leaders of states at a Pledging Session of the conference.
International Financial Institutions (IFIs), World Health Organization (WHO) and UN system institutions were engaged in the session along with various leaders of the world.
Georgian attendees of the High-Level International Donors Conference included Ilia Darchiashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and H.E. Zurab Beridze, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Poland.
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ASHGABAT HOSTS A THEMATIC INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC-PRACTICAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
On January 26, 2022, in the Turkmen capital, at the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Turkmen land - the center of cultural values of world popularity" began its work.
Members of the Government, leaders and representatives of the Halk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis of Milli Gengesh, ministries and departments, public organizations, scientific and educational sphere, scientists and students attended the opening ceremony and plenary session of the forum, which took place in the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Foreign members of the International Association of Turkmen Alabay from a number of countries joined the conference via digital system.
A video clip dedicated to the national historical and cultural heritage, archaeological findings and traditional ancient ornaments preceded the opening ceremony of the forum.
An exhibition of arts and crafts was placed in the exhibition hall of the CCI; elegant yurts “ak öý” were installed. Here are examples of pottery, tapestries, carpets and rugs, jewelry. On special sites one can see the best representatives of the Turkmen Alabay breed.
A special place at the exhibition is given to the books of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The plenary session of the scientific and practical conference is devoted to such topics as the development and popularization of the experience of national dog breeding, the peculiarities of the upbringing and breeding of the Turkmen Alabay, archaeological finds, ornaments and patterns of carpets and rugs, which reflected the image of the Alabay, etc.
As the speakers noted, such international platforms not only bring together specialists in the field of cynology, but also contribute to the expansion of a mutually enriching dialogue between countries and peoples in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.
In the speeches of foreign participants, the emphasis was placed on world cultural values, which emphasized that the Turkmen land is the center of ancient civilizations and cultural values of world significance. As noted, the Turkmen people have been making a significant contribution to the spiritual and cultural development of humankind for thousands of years.
Foreign cynologists emphasized that the creation of the International Association of Turkmen Alabay with headquarters in Ashgabat, on the initiative of the leader of the nation Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, was a landmark event.
During the work of the first section "Archaeology, intangible cultural heritage and carpet art - the property of universal culture", held at the Turkmen State Institute of Culture, the participants noted the unique national schools that have accumulated over the centuries and have accumulated the richest experience associated with Akhal-Teke horse breeding, breeding of Alabays, as well as with the dutar - a bright brand of national culture.
The second section "Brave Turkmen Alabay - an amazing gift of fertile nature" was held in the building of the International Association of Turkmen Alabay. Presentations were made here on the fidelity and courage of the Alabay - a defender, a symbol of an indomitable will to win, physical strength and good spiritual strength.
On January 27, the conference will continue its work at the Magtymguly Turkmen State University, at the National Carpet Museum and at the Center for Public Organizations of Turkmenistan, where sections will be held on the topics “Brave Turkmen Alabay - a living memory of the times”, “Artistic embodiment of Turkmen Alabay in carpet and arts and crafts ".
A separate section will be devoted to numerous unique works of the head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which are a source of inspiration and guidance in the study of the primordial national values of the Turkmen people.
Annual Conference of Ambassadors "Georgia's Foreign Policy against the Background of New Geopolitical Challenges" is held online
From 22 to 24 December 2021, the annual meeting of the Heads of Georgian Diplomatic Missions Abroad - "2021 Ambassadors' Annual Conference - Georgia's Foreign Policy against the Background of New Geopolitical Challenges" is held online.
The conference was opened by the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani. The President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili, and the Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili addressed the participants of the event. The Prime Minister thanked the Foreign Minister and the Diplomatic Corps for their fruitful work and reviewed important foreign policy issues, the positive results related to the country's EU and NATO integration, as well as the Prime Minister's initiative to ensure stability and long-term peace in the region. The focus was put on the development of peace strategy for de-occupation and restoration of territorial integrity, as well as on the strengthening of relations with the diaspora and their involvement in the process of rebuilding the country. The President of Georgia stressed the need to address challenges facing both the country and the world. She expressed solidarity with Ukraine in overcoming the challenges, and highlighted the role of Georgian diplomacy in the process of effectively demonstrating the country's potential and development. She briefed diplomats on the President-initiated Forum of Women Leaders to be held next year.
According to Georgian Foreign Minister, within the framework of the three-day conference, foreign policy activities in 2021 will be summarized and the 2022 action plan will be discussed.
According to him, Georgia in 2021 achieved tangible results internationally. Georgia's participation in NATO, OSCE and Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministerial Meetings is particularly noteworthy, so is the international community’s unwavering support for our country. A number of statements made by the partners on Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Meeting also deserve to be noted. Of great importance was the Prime Minister’s participation in the Eastern Partnership Summit and his efforts to ensure that Georgia's expectations are maximally reflected in the final declaration.
David Zalkaliani also clarified that the ambassadors' conference will discuss the main challenges of 2021, including the issue of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Russian Federation’s aggressive policy.
As for the future plans, the conference will focus on the next year's action plan which will put Georgia’s NATO and EU integration, completion of work on de-occupation strategy and regional policy will be atop the list of priorities.
MFA of Georgia