The Parliamentary Delegation to serve the working visit to Seoul
The Georgia-Korea Friendship Group headed by Shota Khabareli is to serve the working visit to Seoul on September 10 to meet with the Korean legislative and executive authorities within the 3-day visit.
The meetings will be held with the Vice Speaker of Korean National Assembly, Head of Korea-Georgia Friendship Group, as well as the Chair of the Foreign Relations and Union Affairs Committee, First Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure and Transport Committee and the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs.
Georgian MPs will visit the joint security area in the demilitarized zone – Truce Village Panmunjom and the Exhibition Technological Center of Samsung Company.
The Delegation is composed of Friendship Group members: Vice Speaker, Zviad Dzidziguri and MP, Endzela Machavariani.
The working visit of the Turkmen delegation to Germany
During the period of 11-14 February 2019, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan is on the working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.
According to the program of the visit, the delegation will participate at the Turkmen-German business forum as well as hold negotiations between representatives of relevant national agencies and German state and private organizations. Among the members of Turkmen delegation, there are heads of the Ministry of Agriculture and Nature Protection, Ministry of Finance and Economy including the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan as well as the Ahal region municipality. There are also representatives of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan.
On the 12th of February, Turkmen delegation held a meeting with Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The parties noted with satisfaction that traditionally friendly relations established between Turkmenistan and the Federal Republic of Germany reached new frontiers and target-oriented bilateral cooperation evolves at high pace.
The parties also stressed the importance of fruitful economic relations currently existing between Turkmenistan and Germany as well as discussed the issues of widening cooperation in this direction, particularly realizing large investment and innovation projects in the agricultural sphere.
Then the members of Turkmen delegation visited the Innovative Scientific Developments Centre of “Claas” company and visited the agricultural farm.
On the 13th of February, the Turkmen-German business forum opened in the premises of «Deutsche Bank AG» in Berlin.
100 civil society groups in South Korea launch protest against the established Christian-political association
Calling on “the shutdown of the Christian Council of Korea for its corruption and anti-social controversies”
On 27 January, 30,000 citizens and 100 civil society groups gathered for a demonstration against a series of social disturbance by a Korean Christian complex at Gwangwhamun Square in Seoul, where symbolic political and social movements are run, including the recent democratic Candlelight Revolution.
“Global Citizens’ Human Rights Coalition to Call for the Shutdown of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK)”, a newly founded federation of 100 civil society groups from the field of women, youth and religions, held “Press Conference and Rally to Call for the Shutdown of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK), an Anti-Nation, Anti-Society, Anti-Religion, and Anti-Peace Organization.”
According to the Coalition, this event was organized “to disclose the reality of the CCK as a representative Christian majority receiving an indulgence for itself from committing anti-social crimes.”
“The CCK originates its identity from the Presbyterian Church that led worship for shrine and emperor under the Japanese colonial times. For the last 10 years, it has been reported that 12,000 Christian pastors have been convicted of criminal activities including murder, sexual assault, and frauds,” said Mr. Shin Chang Kim, Secretary General of the Coalition.
“The CCK’s orientation started from its foundation when it was created to support the military dictatorship back in the 1960s. This alliance between politics and Christianity led to pastors free from ethical and civic responsibility. We have seen many of them exchange their pastorship with money and coercive conversion for their profit, many of which had been silenced in media because of its power,” added Mr. Kim.
In the official statement, it said, “In case of the rise of denominations that do not belong to the CCK, fake news is produced to judge them as “cult”. Also, women are targeted to force them to convert while they are confined. The recent death of two women in the coercive conversion shows how the life of citizens and human rights are at risk before the CCK.”
In the name of participating organizations, the Coalition called on “enactment of a special law against coercive conversion programs to enhance freedom of religion.” The Coalition includes International Women’s Peace Human Rights Commission, Christian Association for Anti-Corruption National Movement, IPYG Youth’s Human Rights Committee, and World Buddhist Summit.
The delegation of Turkmenistan has arrived to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
On November 21, 2018, in accordance with the Presidential Resolution, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan has arrived on a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the aim to attend the event related to starting the construction of the mosque for 500 persons in Akina township, Andhoy region, Faryab province of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
At the same time, on the day of the beginning of the construction of the Akina mosque, a ceremony was held to start the construction of an additional railway line with the length of 10 km in order to develop the Akina railway station sector. The heads of railways agencies of the two countries have attended this event. As is known, in November 2016, with the participation of the Presidents of both states, the first line of the Kerki – Ymamnazar – Akina railroad was commissioned.
Turkmenistan permanently provides humanitarian assistance to neighboring Afghan state. The construction of the mosque will be carried out on the basis of the corresponding Program of the cultural and humanitarian direction for 2018-2020 between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The construction of the mosque will be carried out at the expense of the Turkmen side and will be another evidence of friendly relations.
The ceremony of laying foundation of the mosque has been attended by Mr. Nakibullah Gayik – the governor of Faryab province, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Turkmen and Afghan representatives of religious affairs, elders and other government officials.
The construction works will start in November, 2018 and the mosque will be ready by December, 2020.
Delegation of the Embassy of Korea in BSU
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (BSU) hosted the delegation of the Embassy of Korea. Mr. Kim Se Woong, Charge D’Affaires, prof. Tamar Siradze, Deputy Rector and prof. Natia Tsiklashvii, Deputy Rector of BSU talked about the future cooperation and the related plans. Following the agreement between the countries the study Course of Korean Language has been launched in BSU. Moreover, the parties agreed on signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the BSU and higher educational institutions of Korea as well as elaboration of study and research projects and implementation of exchange programmes.
68 Georgians Appointed as Young European Ambassadors
On 9 November 2018, newly selected Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) will meet H.E. Carl Hartzell, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, at an official meeting in Tbilisi.
68 young Georgians were selected to take part in the third round of the YEAs initiative. During the meeting with the Head of the Delegation Hartzell, Young European Ambassadors will present their previous activities, discuss the ways of empowering youth and initiate plans of future activities. Young European Ambassadors, who have actively participated in various events in Georgia and abroad, will share their volunteering experience and to receive certificates in recognition of their active role.
Within the week of 12 -16 November newly selected Young European Ambassadors from Georgia will visit “Young Farmers Centers” in Tetritskaro Municipality. They will make presentations in order to raise awareness about the European Union, shared values, inform about the EU funded youth initiatives and opportunities for Georgian youth in the field of education and mobility as well as brainstorm on the next activities.
The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative aims to foster cooperation and sustainable links between young people and youth organisations from the European Union (EU) and its Eastern Partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. The initiative facilitates the mutual exchange of ideas and information on the EU, as well as the engagement of young people in informative activities. It is focused on people-to-people contacts and dialogue-driven activities that contribute to an enhanced understanding and perception of the EU and a greater appreciation of its relationships with the Eastern Neighbourhood.