PRIME MINISTERS OF GEORGIA AND AZERBAIJAN MEET IN BAKU TODAY
Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia met Novruz Mammadov, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan in Baku today. Parties discussed the high level political relations and various aspects of strategic partnership, need to further deepen the trade and economic links between the two countries. Significance of joint efforts was noted for a greater utilization of full potential towards this end.
Face to face meeting was followed with negotiations at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan in an extended format, which involved the government members of both countries.
Discussions were related to projects of regional significance, which are implemented jointly by Georgia and Azerbaijan. Also, fruitful cooperation was noted in various sectors. Large transport and energy projects were underlined, which will significantly contribute to the energy security of Europe upon their implementation. They will thereby bring additional economic benefit to the countries of the region.
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Prime Minister Congratulates Turkey With Republic Day
"Turkey is the largest trade partner for our country" stated Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Reception marking 95th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey.
Head of Government of Georgia congratulated H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Turkey to Georgia with the Republic Day and noted that Turkey has overcome a number of challenges throughout these 95 years and transformed into a large economic and political power.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, many regional and historic projects have jointly been implemented by Georgia and Turkey, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars BTK.
"I am thrilled that I have participated in the BTK myself" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Head of Government of Georgia underlined the consistent support of Turkey since Georgia regained its independence.
"We regard Turkey as our strategic friend. At the same time, it is an idea of our international aspirations as Georgia strives to become a fully-fledged member of NATO and Turkey is a great supporter of ours in this endeavor. Hence, Ladies and Gentlemen, I once again wish to congratulate our Turkish friends with the Republic Day and wish them all the best. Friends, I wish you peace and prosperity" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Official Reception was attended by diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, officials of non-government and international organizations, mass media, political parties and religious authorities.
Prime Minister’s Meeting with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar.
The parties discussed the dire human rights, security, and humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied territories. Toivo Klaar's upcoming visits to the occupied regions were also discussed.
The meeting reiterated Georgia's commitment to peaceful conflict-resolution policy. Special emphasis was placed on the important role the EU plays in peaceful conflict-resolution as the Co-Chair of the Geneva International Discussions, especially in terms of ensuring the implementation of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The EU Monitoring Mission's role in peace-building and the importance of international missions' unrestricted access to the occupied territories were also singled out.
The discussion also underlined the importance of the effective use and empowerment of incident prevention and response mechanisms and various meeting and negotiations formats.
The conversation also revolved around the Georgian Government's peace initiative A Step to a Better Future designed to restore trust between the communities divided by the occupation lines and to ensure peaceful conflict-resolution.
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Georgian Prime Minister’s Meeting with Chinese Ambassador
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Georgia Ji Yanchi.
The discussion during the meeting revolved around the relations between Georgia and China across a variety of areas and the growing economic and trade dynamic. The importance of further developing the trade relations between the two countries was underlined.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, China's becoming Georgia's main trade partner is one of the Government's top priorities. The meeting emphasized the necessity of high-level exchange visits between the countries.
Special attention was paid to the significant growth of Chinese investments in Georgia's economy. As the Head of Government pointed out, Chinese companies create additional motivation in terms of attracting foreign investments in Georgia. Emphasis was also placed on China's technological achievements and the importance of sharing technological experience with Georgia. The Prime Minister of Georgia and the Chinese diplomat discussed the Georgian Prime Minister's upcoming visit to China in early November.
Special attention during the meeting was paid to the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied regions. The Chinese diplomat reaffirmed firm support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The conversation during the meeting also involved people-to-people relations and the further development of the historical and cultural relations between the two nations. The Prime Minister of Georgia offered the Chinese Ambassador to open a Chinese cultural center in Georgia.
Mamuka Bakhtadze Congratulates Angela Merkel on German Unity Day
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze congratulated Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Day of German Unity.
The Head of Government characterized Angela Merkel’s recent visit to Georgia as historic and singled it out as a clear example of successful Georgia-Germany cooperation.
“Your Excellency, it is a great honor to offer you my sincere congratulations on the Day of German Unity. Unified, strong, and democratic Germany is the main guarantor of stability, security, and development in today’s world.
I would like to point out with great satisfaction that the relations between our nations across a variety of areas are closer and more intensive than ever, and the role of the German Government and your personal contribution to this cause is invaluable.
Your historic visit to Georgia is yet another clear demonstration of the successful cooperation between our countries. I was honored and privileged to host you personally.
It is symbolic that your visit coincided with the 200th anniversary of the friendship between our nations, a date widely celebrated in both Germany and Georgia. It will be a great honor to participate in the opening ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair next week, with Georgia as the Guest of Honor, as part of which German society will be able to make closer acquaintance with contemporary Georgian culture.
Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to you for Georgia’s continuous support from the German nation. We prize Germany’s active support for Georgia’s integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures, along with your firm stance on our sovereignty and territorial integrity.
I am happy to have had an opportunity during your visit to discuss with you prospects of deepening the cooperation between our countries and to consider new joint projects. I very much hope that your personal benevolence and support will ensure the success of our future partnership.
Allow me, Your Excellency, once again to congratulate you on this most important day and express my deepest respect to you and the German people,” reads Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s congratulation letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Mamuka Bakhtadze: US-Georgia relations are all-time high as clearly stated at every single meeting
"US-Georgia relations are all-time high as clearly stated at every single meeting," announced Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia, when reviewing his US visit.
According to the PM’s press office, meetings were held within the scope of the PM’s visit to the US with every reputable institution, which participate in the political decision-making and included the expertise community. According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, country has full support in all the initiatives that were shared by the Georgian delegation and aim to further deepen the US-Georgia relations.
"In the capacity of the Prime Minister of Georgia, it was my first visit to the USA with a delegation of the Government of Georgia (GOG). We held high level meetings at the White House and Senate with our friends. It was clearly noted at every single meeting that US-Georgia relations are all-time high in every dimension, which we develop together with our friends. Within the scope of the Working Visit we held meetings with International Financial Institutions (IFIs). We reviewed the prospects of economic growth in Georgia, our reform agenda, progress achieved towards macroeconomic stability, especially on the background of increased economic turbulences in our region. We spoke about the education system reform and significance of developing the human capital. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were both acknowledging the progress achieved by Georgia and its leading role in the region. Country has been referred as a pillar in terms of financial standards and ease of doing business" stated the Prime Minister of Georgia.
According to the Head of the Government of Georgia, it is particularly noteworthy that Georgia will be one of the first beneficiaries to introduce the Human Capital Development Program in the country.
"I wish to express my enormous gratitude to our friends at the World Bank and the IMF for this tremendous support" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Head of the Government of Georgia stressed that reforms presented at meetings held within the scope of his US visit gained full support from all the significant financial institutions.
"Within the scope of the visit, we also held fruitful bilateral meetings with leaders of friendly nations; Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Within the scope of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), I addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.
In the opinion of the Head of the Government of Georgia, the most important part of the US visit was the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73). According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, it was an excellent opportunity for sharing information on the most pressing challenge of the country with the entire world - territorial integrity of the country and occupation of its territories by the Russian Federation.
The Head of the Government of Georgia deems his US visit as being productive. He clearly noted that US-Georgia relations are even stronger and have substantially advanced to a completely new stage.
"I believe that US visit was very productive. US-Georgia relations are even stronger and substantially advanced to a completely new stage. We have new initiatives on how to develop them further. I wish to once again express my gratitude personally to Donald J. Trump, US President; Michael R. Pompeo, US Secretary of State; John R. Bolton, US National Security Advisor; all the officials of the US executive and legislative authorities that are so ardently supporting us. They are true friends of Georgia and we have a very positive response to this initiative to make US-Georgia relations even deeper and strategic" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.