The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister has met the Czech Ambassador
Discussions focused on main aspects of Georgia-EU relations and plans for co-operation in the future. The sides positively appraised the progress Georgia has made in the process of European integration and the reforms implemented in the country. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili thanked Tomáš Pernický for the Czech government’s firm support for Georgia.
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister brought to the attention of the Czech Ambassador plans for the elaboration of a road map for European integration reaffirming the Georgian Government’s firm will to use all mechanisms of co-operation with the Government of Georgia, including the Association Agreement and "20 deliverables for 2020".
Highligting the importance of the fifth Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels, on 24 November and the declaration adopted there, the sides emphasized that 2018 will be an eventful year in terms of Georgia-EU and Georgia-NATO relations.
On closing, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili underlined the excellent relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic adding that 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic.
Minister of Finance Ivane Machavariani steps down
Minister of Finance Ivane Machavariani has resigned. Machavariani posted the relevant statement on the social network.
Machavariani did not name a reason for his resignation, but explained that he planned to step down at the end of last year, but the decision was postponed for several months due to the important negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and the crisis budget approval process.
“I would like to announce my decision to resign as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. I have to say that after almost three years of working as the Minister of Finance, I was planning to resign at the end of last year, but due to the 2021 crisis budget approval procedure and important negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, I decided to wait for several months.
It was an honor for me and at the same time a great responsibility to work with the Georgian Dream political team - with government leaders, with my colleagues in the Cabinet of Ministers, with members of parliament”, reads the Machavariani’s statement.
Ambassador Petr Mikyska opened the first informal meeting of Czech Business Platform in GeorgiaOn March 24, 2021, Ambassador Petr Mikyska opened the first informal meeting of Czech Business Platform in Georgia. The Platform was established on the initiative and under the auspices of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi. There were nearly thirty representatives of Czech companies operating in Georgia and Georgian entrepreneurs selling Czech products or representing Czech entities participating in the first meeting. Representatives of the Czech non-governmental organizations Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia and People in Need were also present.Among those present were representatives of the largest Czech investors in Georgia ENERGO-PRO and MND (KBOC); representatives of ŠKODA Auto, KOPOS Kolín, Elkoplast, Alka Plast, TON, Eco-Bohemia, Wiemarg; importers, distributors and producers of beer using Czech technologies (Plzeň, Český ráj, Apeni, Ludi Batumuri, U Lva), real estate companies (Stratos, L&R Company Services), tourism (Georgia-Trip), medicine (National Laboratory of Genetics). The director of the Czech Trade office in Baku, P. Zelenka, who also covers Georgia, attended the meeting. The chairman of the newly revived Czech-Georgian Chamber of Commerce, D. Mahovský, informed about the planned activities. In the future, cooperation with other institutions is planned, such as the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic, the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic, the Confederation of Municipalities and Cities. Representatives of the non-governmental sector presented the possibilities of cooperation with companies, their involvement in development cooperation projects and the concept of corporate social responsibility.The mission of the Platform is to enable discussion and exchange of views between representatives of companies and Embassy and companies themselves, sharing information, knowledge, skills and experience, strengthening public-private partnerships, ensuring greater regularity in contacts with Czech institutions, building links with Georgian partners and strengthening the brand of Czechia. Last but not least, the Platform should be a place for coordinating the promotion and protection of the interests of Czech companies through the Embassy. The Platform is open to all Czech companies interested in the Georgian market and Georgian companies selling Czech products.During the informal part, the participants shared their experiences from working in Georgia and generally positively assessed the idea of establishing the Platform. The prevailing opinion among those present was that meetings should take place regularly three times a year.Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi, Georgia
Meeting between Public Defender and US Ambassador
On March 22, 2021, Nino Lomjaria, Public Defender of Georgia, met with Kelly Degnan, Ambassador of the United States of America to Georgia.
The topic of discussion was the situation of human rights in Georgia. The Public Defender also spoke about the challenges faced by the Office, especailly in recent months, and the obstacles that hinder the full implementation of the Public Defender's mandate, for example when paying visits to semi-open prisons.
"Another visit paid by the US Ambassador to the Public Defender’s Office once again confirms the support that has been constantly expressed by the US Government to our Office," Nino Lomjaria said.
“It was a very informative meeting. It's important to have conversations with the Public Defender and find out what they are working on. It is an essential part of a strong democracy to have a Public Defender's Office that is defending the human rights of all the people of Georgia, working to keep transparency and accountability and democracy strong. I was very sorry to hear that there have been some attacks against the Public Defender's Office. That kind of hate speech is a toxic language, especially against an office that is serving the public in such an important way.
The Public Defender's Office also plays such an important role in keeping public officials accountable, something that Georgia needs to do more; more accountability, more transparency and less hate speech and vicious attacks against others“, the US Ambassador said after the meeting.
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The visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey to Turkmenistan
On March 5, 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoglu arrived at Ashgabat on a two-day working visit.
In the framework of the visit, the head of the foreign policy agency of Turkey was received by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. President of Turkmenistan highly appraised the level of relations between the two countries, based on the principles of friendship, brotherhood and mutual respect.
Then the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey had a meeting with his Turkmen counterpart, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov. Having expressed the satisfaction by the negotiations held recently in Ankara, the parties discussed actual aspects of the Turkmen-Turkish agenda. The issues of political-diplomatic partnership were considered in details including cooperation in regional and international structures.
The head of the foreign policy agency of Turkey highlighted the active position of Turkmenistan in promoting peaceful dialogue between the countries and peoples, which is reflected in important initiatives adopted on the platform of the United Nations. Talking about significance of the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Economic Cooperation Organization, Mevlüt Çavuşoglu expressed readiness of the Turkish side to work on expanding transport-transit and energy corridors for regional economic integration. One of the illustrative examples of cooperation is the Lapis Lazuli Corridor.
The sides also considered the level of trade-economic cooperation between the two countries.
Diplomats discussed cultural-humanitarian cooperation, exchanged views on the issues of effective continuation of scientific, educational and cultural contacts.
In addition, they considered the possibilities of the development of cooperation in the sphere of security, including the ecological.
In the framework of his visit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoglu laid flowers to the Independence Arch of Turkmenistan located in Ashgabat.
Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan
On February 22, 2021, the meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum who arrived in Ashkhabad on a working visit.
During the constructive talks the sides exchanged views on the agenda of the effective Turkmen-afghan interaction. It was underlined the active development of bilateral ties with the aim of all-round implementation of the agreements reached on high level between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The Leader of the NIMP of Afghanistan especially underlined the efforts of Turkmenistan’s Leadership aimed at strengthening peace and security in the neighbor fraternal country as well as the integration of Afghanistan and its people into the stable channel of economic development.
In this context the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan directed to the intensification and development of effective regional interaction with active involvement of the afghan side were highly appreciated.
The parties expressed adherence to the addition of joint efforts in rapid implementation of energy, communications, transport and other projects. In this regard it was expressed mutual interest to the timely and effective realization of the perspective project of TAPI gas pipeline, of the TAP transmission line and new routes of the railroad from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.
During the negotiations the sides highlighted the significance of the realization by Turkmenistan of large-scale infrastructure projects directed to the further development of Afghanistan and the whole region. As is known, the given projects are aimed at creation of cost-effective jobs as well as stimulating the growth of well-being of the population living along the implementation of megaprojects.
The Turkmen side confirmed once again its readiness to continue active dialogue aimed at advancement of peace inter-afghan negotiations, as well as to provide its political space for any of their future rounds.
In the course of the talks the patties agreed that it is necessary to strengthen and enhance the mechanisms of achieving peace, sustainable development, stability and security in the region as a whole.