ტhese elections reflected the will of the people - Ian Kelly
We believe that these elections reflected the will of the people - the US Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly told reporters. According to him, they expressed concerns about certain incidents.
"These were the incidents of violence and intimidation. We believe that such incidents do not contribute to the preservation of a quiet atmosphere. We also call on all political parties and all parties to be involved in the process and don’t withdrew from the elections,”- said the ambassador.
Bidzina Ivanishvili releases statement!
Former Prime Minister of Georgia and the ruling Georgian Dream party founder Bidzina Ivanishvili Wednesday released a statement, touching on various issues.
Below are the main takeaways:
Ivanishvili claims amid the challenging political situation in the region, Georgia and the ruling team have been facing “very painful processes” in the past months. ” Those longing for dragging Georgia into war perplexes the ruling team’s situation even further.”
He says “despite the greatest difficulties, the ruling team worked aptly with right and principled stance, and overcame the first stage of the war threat.” However, the ex-PM believes until the end of the war in Ukraine, certain risks remain despite the said risks being cancelled out.
“As the war risks are subdued far as possible, the ruling team can shift its attention to “another crucial priority and ensure Georgia’s relations with its strategic partner, the United States and the European Union, are not damaged,” he stated.
In his lengthy statement, Ivanishvili also mentioned his “personal problems” with Switzerland-based investment banking company Credit Suisse, claiming the issues are directly linked to the ongoing processes in Georgia. “However, as Georgia practically tackled the war threat, rather than expose the relationship between the Swiss bank and me too much to society, I prefer to keep it as my private matter,” he asserted.
In his ending part, Ivanishvili echoed the claims over his meeting with the US Ambassador to Georgia, noting that at the request of the Ambassador he had held a three-hour meeting with Kelly Degnan on March 21.
On July 21, US Ambassador said, “I have not met with Mr. Ivanishvili in quite some time. In every meeting, I’ve had with him over the past two and a half years that I have been in Georgia, I have always assured him of the United States’ full support for the people of Georgia and our willingness to work with the government of Georgia for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic future for Georgia’s democratic and economic development. In none of those meetings have I ever tried to blackmail Mr. Ivanishvili.”
FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND US AMBASSADOR TO GEORGIA ATTENDED THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF DRUG INVESTIGATION TRAINING COURSE
Training course on investigation of drug-related crime, jointly organized by US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Cooperation (INL) was held for the investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.US Ambassador to Georgia – Kelly Degnan and the First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs – Shalva Bedoidze attended the closing ceremony and awarded participants with relevant certificates.The First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of the United States of America for close cooperation and assistance over the years. US Ambassador stressed the importance of training law enforcement officers in the investigation of drug-related crime and sharing international experience.During the training course, participants received information on such important issues, as: drug identification; obtaining testimony; covert investigative actions; basic safety rules when investigating clandestine drug laboratories and financial investigation.
Mikheil Janelidze – “Noble Partner - 2017 contributes to peace and stability in Georgia and in the region”
Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze attended the official launch of Noble Partner - 2017 multinational defence exercise.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defence Minister Levan Izoria Chief of General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces Vladimer Chachibaia and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly spoke at the opening.
“The drills contribute to peace and stability in Georgia and in the region and strengthen Georgia’s defence capacity and its European and Euro-Atlantic integration” – Mikheil Janelidze told journalist following the opening ceremony.
Georgia for the third time hosts the annual Noble Partner defence exercise with its European and regional partners with troops from eight countries joining forces for the training at the Vaziani military air base outside the capital of Tbilisi.
Service members from Georgia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, Slovenia and Armenia participate in the drills focused on improving defence and attack skills.
The Noble Partner 2017 is a part of drills of the European Command in the Black Sea region, which is being held on the territory of seven countries.
Noble Partner 2017 will continue Saber Guardian in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary and Sea Breeze in Ukraine.
Established in 2015, the Noble Partner exercise was initially founded to train service members from the Georgian Armed Forces and NATO member states for the NATO Response Force (NRF) unit and to improve the Georgian troops’ interoperability with NATO units.
Janelidze Mikheil met with Ian Kelly
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia Ian Kelly.
The sides spoke about the results of the Georgian Foreign Minister’s visit to the U.S. from 20 to 23 March.
Discussions focused on the meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Economic, Energy and Trade Issues. The issues relating to preparation of a plenary session of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter due to be held in the spring of 2017 were also discussed during the meeting.
Talking points also included aspects of future co-operation within the GUAM-U.S. format.
Washington-Tbilisi relations will remain strong-Ian Kelly
Ian Kelly thinks that Washington-Tbilisi relations will remain strong under the Administration of US new President Donald Trump.
According to US Ambassador to Georgia, he hopes that the appointment of new Secretary of State will happen within the next day. As Kelly stated, Trump administration has expressed the desire to negotiate bilateral trade agreements.