The meeting of the Chairman with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Prime Minister thanks Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for strongly supporting Georgia’s path to European integration
The European Council's decision to grant EU membership perspective to Georgia and the close partnership between the two countries were the key topics discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Irakli Garibashvili thanked Péter Szijjártó for clearly endorsing the EU membership candidate status for Georgia, also emphasizing his gratitude to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for his principled position.
The Head of Government underlined that the European Commission's opinion on Georgia's European perspective has been made official, and based on the European Commission's recommendation, the European Council reaffirmed it.
According to the Prime Minister, the Government of Georgia continues working on every reform on the Association Agenda and will finalize every obligation assumed in the direction of democratic reforms.
Irakli Garibashvili thanked Péter Szijjártó for supporting Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. In response, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary reaffirmed firm support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The meeting also emphasized the successful cooperation between Georgia and Hungary across a variety of areas, with the parties expressing commitment to furthering this partnership.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by Anna Maria Sikó, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Georgia, Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, also by Zaal Gogsadze, Georgia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Hungary, and Revaz Javelidze, Head of the Government Administration.
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Virtual Conference to Introduce Peace Activities Led by Global Citizens in the Pandemic Era
On May 25, 2021, HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace was held online and attended by 3,000 people from 150 countries around the world. This event is held annually by an international peace NGO named Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in association with its affiliated groups, International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG).
With several cases of international partnership for peacebuilding projects endorsed by youth and women organizations categorized by each region – Africa, Europe, and Asia, this year’s event aimed to discuss a citizen-led peace movement and cooperation to promote coexistence and harmony in the global community, and to overcome global challenges that stem from hatred, conflicts, misunderstanding, and lack of communication in this current pandemic era.
The event commemorated the Declaration of World Peace, proclaimed on May 25th in 2013, which contains not only the cooperation of each state to establish international law for peace and the role of the media in contribution to sharing information of peace but also the active peace movement of youth and women who seek to transform themselves from the greatest victims of war to the greatest actors for peace.
From this peace initiative, HWPL says that millions of global citizens for 8 years have participated in promoting peace projects locally fitted to creating a favorable environment of peace, including education, relief, and forums to offer public policies to meet the needs of the community.
Chairwoman Pascale Isho Warda of Hammurabi Human Rights Organization(HHRO) in Iraq, who was appointed as Minister of Migration and Displacement by the UN from 2004 to 2005, introduced a legislation project of law that prevents violence against women and children in cooperation with IWPG.
Regarding the importance of peace activities through education, she said, “We need to learn the mechanism of guiding everyone to become a tool of peace, strengthening from daily life, and sometimes throughout the simplest matter of life, starting with personal peace with oneself, in the family, and with others.”
Ven. Ashin Htavara, General Secretary of All Burmese Monks Representative Committee in Norway, who went through the Saffron Revolution in 2007, stated that 3 HWPL Peace Libraries were established in Payapon, Myanmar and that a fourth library is currently being prepared.
“There are too few libraries for children in Myanmar. I wanted to give hope to these little children. In the future, the library will conduct peace education, peace activities, and peace campaigns, and we will do everything that can help achieve peace,” he said.
The event also advocated global participation in peace activities such as the peace tree planting campaign that began in Ukraine with 1,000 participants from 21 countries and peace policy proposal dialogue between citizens and policy experts in Mali where the recent coup triggered social unrest.
“It is we in this day who have to do all the necessary things to make peace and prevent our globe from being destroyed. War does not end with words, but it comes to an end with our practical actions. I believe that this can be achieved since no one in our global village is not willing to see peace,” highlighted Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE CABINET OF MINISTERS OF TURKMENISTAN S.G. BERDIMUHAMEDOV HAD A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN A.U. MAMIN
Today, on May 20, a telephone conversation took place between Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Chairman of the Supreme Control Chamber of Turkmenistan S.G. Berdimuhamedov with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A.U. Mamin, during which issues of bilateral cooperation in trade-economic and humanitarian fields were discussed.
At the same time, special attention was paid to the implementation of the agreements reached by the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to further strengthen the partnership between the two states in a wide range of areas.
In this context, the parties, in particular, discussed specific ways and forms of expanding trade ties and agreed on mutual visits of delegations of the two countries to hold negotiations on specific projects of Turkmen-Kazakh cooperation in the economic sphere.
In conclusion of the telephone conversation, the parties stressed the importance of contacts at the intergovernmental level and expressed their readiness to continue them on a regular basis.
СОСТОЯЛСЯ ТЕЛЕФОННЫЙ РАЗГОВОР ЗАМЕСТИТЕЛЯ ПРЕДСЕДАТЕЛЯ КАБИНЕТА МИНИСТРОВ ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА С.Г.БЕРДЫМУХАМЕДОВА С ПРЕМЬЕР-МИНИСТРОМ РЕСПУБЛИКИ КАЗАХСТАН А.У.МАМИНЫМ
Сегодня 20 мая состоялся телефонный разговор Заместителя Председателя Кабинета Министров, Председателя Высшей контрольной палаты Туркменистана С.Г.Бердымухамедова с Премьер-министром Республики Казахстан А.У.Маминым, в ходе которого были рассмотрены вопросы двухстороннего сотрудничества в торгово-экономическом и гуманитарных областях.
При этом особое внимание было обращено на выполнение договоренностей, достигнутых Президентами Туркменистана и Казахстана по дальнейшему укреплению партнерского взаимодействия между двумя государствами по широкому спектру направлений.
В этом контексте Стороны, в частности, обсудили конкретные пути и формы расширения торговых связей и договорились о взаимных визитах делегаций двух стран для проведения переговоров по конкретным проектам туркмено-казахстанского сотрудничества в экономической сфере.
В заключение телефонного разговора Стороны подчеркнули значимость контактов на межправительственном уровне и выразили готовность к их продолжению на регулярной основе.
GD Chairman: PACE urges opposition to enter parliament
“The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has discussed election report prepared by Tini Kox today and reiterated that the elections were competitive and free in Georgia,” Irakli Kobakhidze, the Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream Party, stated on Monday.
According to him, PACE approved the observation mission’s report, including recommendations.
“This recommendation reflects our will. In particular, to check all violations revealed in this election. That’s why we’ve proposed the opposition to set up a parliamentary commission,” GD Chairman said.
Irakli Kobakhidze stresses that the CoE calls on the opposition to engage in parliamentary work. “We hope the opposition will take these statements into account,” he said.
He also echoed the decision on re-electing him as PACE Vice-President. “I am happy to be approved as PACE Vice-President for the second term in a row,” Kobakhidze added.
The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto paid a visit to Georgia
The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto paid a visit to Georgia, on 6 July. He was hosted by his Georgian colleague, David Zalkaliani. The sides discussed issues relating to bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Following the meeting, the two ministers made a joint statement. David Zalkaliani thanked his Hungarian counterpart for the solidarity demonstrated by him, personally, in the challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as for his visit, which is the first high-level visit to Georgia since the outbreak.
The Ministers took special note of the active and successful cooperation between Georgia and Hungary during the pandemic. The Hungarian Foreign Minister highlighted Georgia’s success in the fight against the virus. The ministers underlined the need to maintain a positive tendencies and to act carefully for the protection of public health.
“Georgia made considerable progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia has the lowest infection rate in Europe, and I want to congratulate you on this success. Hungary too is successful in dealing with the pandemic. To maintain this achievement, both countries need to take careful steps as human health is first and foremost. Today we discussed the possibilities of opening borders. We quite understand Georgia’s motive for extending travel restrictions. As successful countries in the fight against the pandemic, we both take careful steps. Many Hungarians keen to arrive in Georgia. We agreed to create a working group to regularly exchange relevant information” - Peter Szijjarto said.
The Ministers highlighted that Hungary openly and unequivocally supports Georgia at both bilateral and international forums.
“Hungary is the firm supporter of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. I can recall no such high-level conference or meeting where the Hungarian Foreign Minister has not expressed his clear support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Quite recently, at the NATO and EaP ministerial meetings, he again made very clear messages in support for Georgia” – David Zalkaliani said.
During their meeting the Ministers discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. David Zalkaliani brought to his colleague’s attention the difficult humanitarian situation on the ground.
Special note was taken of the successful education cooperation between the two countries. Today, as part of the Hungarian Minister’s visit to Georgia, Georgia and Hungary will sign a memorandum and an additional protocol on cooperation in the areas of culture and education, including in terms of granting scholarships to Georgian students.
The Ministers also spoke about the Hungarian airlines Wizz Air operating flights from the Kutaisi airport to Europe. According to the Hungarian Minister, Wizz Air successfully cooperates with Georgia and once the airline is fully up and running again, Georgia will be its priority destination. “An increasing number of Hungarians want to visit Georgia. Up to 7000 Hungarians arrived in Georgia over the past year. Due to the pandemic, however, Vizz Air reduced its flights not only to Georgia, but also to many other countries. Your government has always been supporting Vizz Air activities in Georgia. I am sure Vizz Air will reestablish its position in the world soon” - Peter Szijjarto noted.
David Zalkaliani added that Vizz Air is one of the important Hungarian companies in Georgia. “It plays an important role in advancing Georgia’s close ties with Europe” – he said.
During his visit Szijjarto will hold meetings with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, as well as the ministers of foreign affairs, economy, regional developments and education, as well as Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia.