Within the Trilateral Ministerial Levan Izoria meets his Turkish counterpart
Trilateral Ministerial was held at the level of Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijan Defence Ministers in Batumi. In the framework of the Ministerial, Levan Izoria held a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Işık.
Minister Levan Izoria thanked Minister of National Defence of Turkey for the steadfast practical and political support of Georgia and for the assistance provided by the Turkish side in the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package implementation. As Minister Levan Izoria underlined, Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations is unwavering and Georgia continues implementation of democratic informs in this direction.
The sides discussed bilateral cooperation issues. A special focus was placed on military education and joint military exercises. The discussions covered the contribution provided by Georgian and Turkish troops in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
The 5th consecutive ministerial meeting finished in Batumi. The trilateral cooperation at the level of Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijan Defence Ministers began in 2012.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two states exchange congratulations and best wishes on occasion of Eid al Adha. Having noted that this holiday, which is based on the principles of humanity, embodies goodwill and high spiritual and moral values, the sides expressed confidence that Eid Al Adha would give new stimuli to further strengthening of understanding and mutual heal in Muslim world.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the Republic of Turkey is fraternal state for Turkmenistan, cooperation with which has long-term and strategic character.
During the conversation, the sides have noted with delight that Turkmen – Turkish friendly relations receive new content at present time and implementation of joint projects supports to better interstate dialog.
Turkey is one of the countries, with which Turkmenistan successfully develops trade and economic relations, the Leader of the Nation said, having focused on importance of using significant potential for expansion of productive relations in this direction and rendering relative support to each other if it is necessary.
Having confirmed the commitment of two countries to unbreakable fraternal relations, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that all efforts would be put for further strengthening of interstate relations.
Discussing current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides have spoken of the coronavirus pandemic.
Having highlighted that Turkmenistan supports the efforts of the world community in combating of spread of this dangerous infection, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that efforts of all countries have to be consolidated for achievement of specific results.
In this regard, Turkmen leader confirmed invariable willingness of our country to cooperate in development of new methods in this direction.
Continuing the subject and having expressed gratitude to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for special attention of personal contribution to strengthening of interstate relations, the President of Turkmen state expressed gratitude for provided support and medical appliances and personal protective equipment sent to our country. the Head of the State noted that this fact is considered as a symbol of unbreakable friendship between two countries.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha, having wished health and success to each other and peace and prosperity to people of two countries.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
David Zalkaliani has met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Helsinki – Within the framework of the CoE Ministerial Meeting, Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Reaffirming the strategic partnership between the two countries, the sides reaffirmed their commitment to further deepen co-operation.
Paying special attention to the need to further strengthen economic relations, the sides expressed the hope that the Georgia-Turkey Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO) will hold its first meeting in the near future.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for active support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
The Ministers also highlighted the importance of co-operation within the framework of international transit and energy projects.
REGARDING THE REPORTING IN THE GEORGIAN MEDIA ABOUT THE PROTESTS BY THE ARMENIAN GROUPS AND THE EVENT HELD BY THE TURKISH EMBASSY
On 24 April 2019, a group of Armenians held a protest at the outside of the Embassy as they have done for couple of years on every 24th of April. As every year, in their protests they demanded the Turkish Government to acknowledge the events of 1915 as “genocide”. Further, similar to the Armenian diaspora’s rhetoric in other countries, during their chants, speeches and slogans, they voiced threats against territorial integrity of Turkey and insulted the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
On the same day, Turkish Embassy organized a concert by the Turkish children and a small exhibition of their paintings with the theme of World peace and friendship on the occasion of the 23rd of April which is celebrated as the international day of children in Turkey.
During the Embassy activity, World children’s songs were also broadcasted. Among these songs there were also 2 Armenian songs as well as Turkish, Azeri, Russian, English, German and French children songs.
Before the Embassy event, a reporter of the Georgian-Armenian media requested to have an interview with me. Here is the link of that interview:
In that interview, I mentioned a message that I shared in social media and referred to the legacy of late Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink who was assassinated in 2007. As also will be seen from the Aliq media interview, I have stressed that the message of the children’s festivity was peace and a call to give all children of this region a perspective for peace. Interestingly, my words in the Aliq media interview were not reflected in the Georgian media.
Therefore, I present you the link and the aforementioned text of my message on the social media below.
I sincerely hope that Georgian public opinion will have the chance to read this message through your publication.
Message in social media:
“I want to share two speeches by Hrant Dink below the text. They are in Turkish. Here is a summary:
He says Turks and Armenians are each other’s medicine.
He says both sides need to try to understand each other’s pride and pain.
He calls for Armenian diaspora not to get chained by the word of “Genocide”, while he, as an Armenian felt the pain the loss of his people. He tells Turks to try to understand the trauma of Armenians.
He reminds the horrible deaths on both sides caused by imperialism of Great Power politics.
His strong, wise and valuable message and legacy should be respected.
He was assassinated.
As were 32 Turkish diplomats and their family members from 1973- 1984 in Los Angeles, Vienna, Paris, Beirut, Vatican, Madrid, Belgrade, Ottawa, Den Haag, Athens, Sydney, Boston, Lizbon, Brussels, Teheran by ASALA & JCAG for so called revenge of a so called genocide.
I defend the view that it was not a genocide. It was a fratricide, it was a deportation in WW1 that led to deaths of thousands, the memory of victims should be remembered.
M. Philips Price, the author of
“War and revolution in Asiatic Russia”, published in 1918 , concluded in his memoirs of his time in the Caucasus as the correspondent of the Manchester Guardian :
“ I now see clearly that the guilt of the war atrocities upon civilian populations cannot be put down to any one combatant…The more one dispassionately looks at the facts, and collects the stories told by sufferers of all races and creeds on the spot, as I have done in the course of 18 months, the more it becomes clear that it is impossible to charge any one government with the crime.”
I mourn for all the deaths, Armenian, Turkish, Kurdish who found themselves in the midst of a war which was not of their making.
I feel for all those families who had to leave the lands where their forefathers had lived. That includes millions of Muslims- Georgians, Circassian, Turks, Albanians, Crimean Tatars who were deported or driven out from their ancestral lands to Anatolia in 19th-20th century.
I mourn for 32 Turkish diplomats.
But I hope Turkish and Armenian children will one day celebrate peace together and learn to respect and understand each other’s pain and pride, as Hrant Dink had called for. I fully share his view that we must not allow this painful memory to be exploited by others.
We have to teach our children to protect what’s theirs while respecting the others. We have to teach empathy not hate. We have to leave them a vision for future and not an obsession with their past. They must not forget, but first they need to learn the whole story, devoid of propaganda. Perhaps it is also not too late for our generation as well.
That is why I became a diplomat, anyway.
Stay in peace.
The NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia
The NATO Military Committee and its Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach will be in Tbilisi, Georgia on 27 and 28 March 2019.
As a show of support to its long-time partner, the NATO Military Committee will hold a meeting in the NATO-Georgia format chaired by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Peach and the Georgian Minister of Defence, Mr Levan Izoria. The opening remarks will be open to the media. The NATO Military Committee will receive an overview of the regional security situation, including the occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the Black Sea. The NATO Military Representatives will then be briefed on the ongoing implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, the ongoing Georgian Reforms as well as the continuing Georgian contributions to NATO operations and exercises.
On the 28th of March, the NATO Military Committee will head to the Vaziani Military Base to receive a briefing from the Combat Training Centre and visit the Georgia Defence Readiness Programme, a bilateral programme designed, by the US, to improve Georgian troops’ combat readiness and develop a self-sustaining institutional capacity to man, train and equip their national missions.
The NATO Military Committee will then proceed to the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre to observe the “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019”. This joint multinational brigade-level, Command Post exercise aims to further develop the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities.
Dimitry Kumsishvili Met with Georgian and Turkish Business Association Members
First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili held a meeting with the representatives of the Georgian and Turkish Businessmen Associations where the parties discussed business and investment environment in Georgia as well as prospects of deepening trade and economic ties between Georgia and Turkey.
It was highlighted that Turkey is Georgia’s largest trade partner and second largest investor country. Despite intense trade and economic relations, ties between the business circles of the countries are still developing, and the volume of the Turkish capital in Georgia is increasing.
Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Cherkezishvili and the Head of the LEPL Enterprise Georgia, Mikheil Khidureli also attended the meeting.