David Zalkaliani has met the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia
Within the framework of the Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s visit to the Republic of Armenia, Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held a meeting with his Armenian counterpart, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.
The two ministers discussed a broad spectrum of issues on the agenda of Georgia-Armenia relations. Highly appraising the Georgian Prime Minister’s visit to Armenia, as well as the Armenian Prime Minister’s first official visit to Georgia that gave the positive impetus to the further development of bilateral relations, David Zalkaliani and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan discussed prospects for future co-operation.
Paying special attention to economic co-operation between Georgia and Armenia, the sides agreed to activate efforts for preparation of an inter-governmental economic commission.
The Georgian Foreign Minister congratulated his Armenian counterpart on the selection of Armenia as the host of the Francophonie Summit due to be held in Yerevan where Georgia will be represented by Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani.
Jens Stoltenberg’s visit gives yet another powerful impetus to Georgia’s integration with NATO – David Zalkaliani"Georgia’s being so high on the NATO agenda highlights how important Georgia is to NATO” – Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani told journalists at the airport where an official welcoming ceremony was organized for the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.Speaking about NATO-Georgia relations, Zalkaliani said that being held immediately prior to the NATO Ministerial Meeting Jens Stoltenberg’s visit takes on a particular importance. According to Zalkaliani, “next week will be eventful in terms of Georgia-NATO relations. NATO Military Committee will pay a visit to Georgia and I will have a meeting within the framework of the NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels that will deal with Black Sea security-related issues”.
The Minister said that Jens Stoltenberg’s visit also coincides with NATO military exercises, in which an unprecedented number of NATO partners and members take part.
According to Zalkaliani Georgia has all practical instruments for integration with NATO and Georgia is recognized as a leader in terms of implementing these instruments.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Georgia on 24 March. At the Tbilisi International Airport he was met by Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, Georgia’s Representative to NATO Aleksandre Maisuradze, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Rosaria Puglisi, Poland’s Ambassador to Georgia Mariusz Maszkiewicz.
Within the framework of the visit, the NATO Secretary General will hold meetings with the Prime Minister of Georgia, President, Chairman and members of the Parliament.
Jens Stoltenberg will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) and will attend the joint exercises organized by the Centre.
The Georgian Foreign Minister has met with the Chairman of the German Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the German Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee chairman, Norbert Röttgen, within the framework of the Munich Security Conference.
The Minister thanked the member of the German Bundestag for his support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic course. The sides positively appraised Georgia’s achievements and tangible results, which the EU and NATO integration process brought to Georgia.
David Zalkaliani briefed Norbert Röttgen on the difficult security and humanitarian situation and gross violations of human rights on the ground. The importance of due action by the International community, including by the German political community was also highlighted.
The sides also spoke about the ways to further advance co-operation between the legislative authorities of Georgia and Germany. Special note was taken of the German Chancellor’s visit to Georgia and the Georgian President’s upcoming visit to Berlin, which will make the partnership between the two countries even stronger.
On behalf of the Government of Georgia, David Zalkaliani has congratulated the Iranian people on the National Day
The Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani spoke before the guests invited to the Embassy of Iran to mark the National Day of Iran.
Positively appraising the development of bilateral relations between Iran and Georgia in the areas of economy, education, culture, tourism and people-to-people contacts over the past few years, David Zalkaliani highlighted Iran’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “It should be underlined that Iran firmly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The bilateral relations are developing very positively” – Zalkaliani said.
The Minister participated in the event to mark the National Day of Iran organized by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Georgia.
“We must continue fight in partnership with Georgia in every way we can” - Francis Rooney
I feel it’s very important that we made a strong statement about the sovereignty of Georgia and about the problem that we all have over the frozen conflicts that Russia has deployed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We cannot accept it. We must continue fight against it in partnership with Georgia in every way we can” - US Congressman Francis Rooney is quoted as saying after his meeting with the Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.
According to the Congressman, the U.S. appreciates the progress the nation of Georgia has made since becoming independent. The Resolution condemning the decision by the Syrian Arab Republic to recognize the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent of Georgia provides a clear proof that the United States unequivocally supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This Resolution heightens awareness of Georgia’s plight and the threats Russia presents to Georgia. So when things come to the need to vote, this lays the background for people to understand why they should consider voting for the pro-Georgia-U.S relationship” - Francis Rooney said.
David Zalkaliani has participated in the event to mark the successful completion of the Association Agreement Facility
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani participated in the event to mark the successful completion of the project “Facility for the Implementation of the Association Agreement in Georgia" (AA Facility).
Speaking at the ceremony, David Zalkaliani highlighted of the benefits and opportunities generated by the European Integration process.
According to him, the Georgian Government is committed to continue reforming its country according to its ambitious reform agenda and even go beyond the current scope of the Association Agreement. In this context, the minister underlined the importance of the Roadmap2EU.
“Facility for the Implementation of the Association Agreement in Georgia has been really a landmark project of the EU delivering expertise in all domains of the European Integration process including: legal approximation and DCFTA-related support coordination, strategic communications, EU assistance coordination, support in promoting the EU Integration Road Map. The project already delivered concrete tangible benefits in all the aforesaid areas and the EU is determined to continue implementing similar projects in the future” – Zalkaliani said.
The budget of Facility for the Implementation of the Association Agreement in Georgia" (AA Facility) is estimated at €2.3 mln and will be used to support the process of EU integration, including the implementation of the commitments under the Association Agreement and visa liberalization.
Other speakers addressing the attending audience included Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union and Jolanta Taczyńska, the AA Facility Team Leader.
The event gathered representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the government and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Georgia.