The President of the Republic of Latvia Will Pay a State Visit to Georgia
The President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady, Mrs. Iveta Vējonewill will pay a three-day visit to Georgia. They will be hosted by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the First Lady, Mrs. Maka Chichua.
The official welcoming ceremony will be held tomorrow at the Presidential Palace. As a part of the visit, presidents will hold tete-a-tete and extended meetings. They will also hold a joint press conference and sign mutual documents.
President Vējonis will lay a wreath at the memorial of soldiers, fallen in fight for Georgia’s independence and hold a working dinner with the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia.
On March 28, presidents will attend a friendly football match between Georgia and Latvia.
On March 29, presidents will visit the occupation line in Khurvaleti, after which they will visit Kvareli and open a Latvian investment project.
The state visit will end on March 30.
Tbilisi and Bucharest become twin cities
Tbilisi has the 22nd twin city as Georgia and Romania Monday signed a memorandum on the establishment of twin-city relations. Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze signed the document as part of a visit to Bucharest.
"Georgia would have the opportunity to cooperate with Romania in various areas, like sports, culture, urban planning, and transport,” Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said.
“Bucharest and Tbilisi have a lot in common. I hope that the deepening of relations will help us exchange our views and experiences and further cooperate,” Bucharest Mayor Nicușor Dan noted.
According to the Tbilisi City Hall, a bust of Shota Rustaveli will unveil in King Mihai I Park in Bucharest.
The Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so-called presidential elections in the occupied Tskhinvali region
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia refers to the so-called second tour of presidential elections held on 8 May 2022 in Tskhinvali region occupied by the Russian Federation and condemns this illegal action that contradicts the fundamental principles and norms of international law and blatantly violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
Under the Russian occupation and effective control any so-called elections will not have legal consequences, in the circumstance when hundreds of thousands of IDPs and refugees expelled from their homes as a result of ethnic cleansing of Georgians in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions are still hampered to safe and dignified return home, and fundamental rights and freedoms of people on the ground are blatantly violated. Effective control of the Russian Federation over Georgia’s occupied regions and its responsibility for the violations of human rights on the ground are clearly attested in the Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 21 January, 2021.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to respect Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and implement its international obligations, inter alia the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to duly assess and react on the actions directed against sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
MFA of Georgia
Georgia to submit the second part of the EU self-assessment questionnaire to the European Commission by 10 MayGeorgia will submit the second part of the EU self-assessment questionnaire to the European Commission on 10 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ilia Darchiashvili said following the meeting of the Georgian government commission on EU integration, chaired by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
"Georgia has completed the second part of the questionnaire and we are going to hand it over to the European Commission by 10 May," the minister is quoted as saying.
As Ilia Darchiashvili noted, the second part of the questionnaire was of technical-sectoral nature, and it took a great deal of efforts to complete it. The Minister thanked the government agencies that took part in the process.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission’s opinion regarding the document will be the next step on the path of EU integration.
On 2 May, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, handed over the first completed part of the EU questionnaire to the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Karl Hartzel.
MFA of Georgia
“This friendship will last longer than the war” – Georgia in support of Ukraine
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February. For more than two months since then, every single day has begun with the latest news on Ukraine. Along with sad news, people tune in, hoping to catch some better news, or drawing home and inspiration from stories of heroism and solidarity. Indeed, from the very first day, thousands of Georgians have united in support of Ukraine, and ordinary civilians, volunteers and organisations engage in humanitarian activities every day.
On 18 February, five Ukrainian friends had arrived in Georgia for a short stay. On 24 February, they found themselves trapped in Gudauri, unable to go home. Left in a foreign country, they were scrambling for resources to keep going, while desperately worried about their family and friends in Ukraine and the fate of their country.
Some of the friends eventually went to the Ukrainian border in Poland, but Yuliana and Katerina stayed in Georgia.
That was when they met Rusudan Tskhomelidze, who published a post on social media, offering shelter to Ukrainian citizens for free. The search for lodging marked the beginning of a friendship between the young Ukrainians and Rusudan’s family.
“We feel enormous support from the Georgian people” – Yuliana
A sociologist by profession, Yuliana was born and raised in Kyiv. She has a cat who is with her father in Kyiv, and her mother lives near Irpin. Yuliana is in a state of constant worry, but at least she is happy she can regularly communicate with her family.
“As soon as the war started, I created a family chat and I check it once every few hours, to know what is happening,” says Yuliana.
“The American press constantly writes that the Russian aggressors will run out of strength, equipment, also their morale is weak, and all this gives me hope that everything will end soon. It is hard to be certain about anything, no one knows what Russia will do. I hope that the political and economic pressure will have an effect and yield the desired results.”
The relationship with Rusudan’s family and the support of the Georgian people have been an enormous help to Yuliana in these difficult times.
“The relationship with Rusudan’s family eases our sorrow, they try to support us as much as they can. In addition to us not having to think about financial issues, they support us mentally as well. We’ve become friends with Rusudan’s family and this helps us. Generally, we feel great support from the Georgian people.
“Good news from Ukraine help me to deal with these days, there are bad news in between too, but I try to feel a little relief from the good news. I have video calls with my friends and family, I see my cats, I check social media and see that life goes on in Ukraine, they have switched to a new routine – all this reduces the worry in a way,” says Yulyana.
“There should be no war in any country” – Katerina
Before the war, Katerina had helped refugees from Belarus, Russia and Uzbekistan – she provided legal assistance, and facilitated their access to social services in Ukraine. Now she has ended up as a refugee herself.
“We did not leave because of war, but we became refugees because we cannot go back to Ukraine. I helped refugees before the war, I was a volunteer and tried to change people’s lives for the better. Now that Ukrainians are leaving the country and Europe has given them the same opportunity, that makes me happy,” says Katerina.
International Scientific-Practical online conference "The Way to the Heart”
On 12 April 2022, with the assistance of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia, an international scientific-practical online conference "The Way to the Heart" was held to mark World Health Day widely celebrated in Turkmenistan.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, the Silk Road Heart Rhythm Society and the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia.
The conference was attended by leading health professionals from Turkmenistan, Georgia and the USA. During the conference, innovative treatment methods in interventional cardiology and arrhythmology were considered. The participants discussed modern technologies, methods of diagnostics and treatment of arrhythmias, heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases.
At the end of the conference, the Turkmen and Georgian experts expressed their desire to further deepen and broaden cooperation in this field.