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.
Energy Community Director visits Georgia and Armenia to discuss energy reforms
On 17 September, Energy Community Secretariat Director Janez Kopač met with the newly appointed Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia, as part of his visit to the country.
They discussed the ongoing pace of energy reforms in Georgia. The key issue was the status of the draft laws on energy, renewables, energy efficiency and energy performance of building, co-designed with the Secretariat.
Director Kopač welcomed Georgia’s reaffirmed commitment and promise to accelerate the pace of reforms in order to meet its obligations under the accession protocol to the Energy Community Treaty.
On the same day, Janez Kopač travelled to Yerevan, where he met the new Armenian Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Artur Grigoryan. The meeting focussed on the identification of key regional energy infrastructure projects supported by the EU4Energy Governance Project, financed by the European Union and managed by the Secretariat.
Closer cooperation in several other areas was also discussed, including the possibility of the Secretariat providing technical assistance in order to align Armenia’s electricity market cross-border trade rules with those of the Third Energy Package. Armenia has been an Observer to the Energy Community Treaty since 2011.
Successful performance of the Georgian Government is the most effective way to counter Russian propaganda – David Zalkaliani
According to Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, Russian propaganda is the challenge facing not only Georgia but also western states and the most effective way to counteract it is by means of concrete actions and to tangible results.
“We are faced with hybrid threats everywhere. It is a serious challenge not only for Georgia but also for Europe and other countries. However, counterpropaganda should not be a way to contradict propaganda because we believe that one of the most effective ways to fight against propaganda is by achieving concrete results on the European and Euro-Atlantic path. And indeed, Georgia has achieved tangible results in this regard” – David Zalkaliani told journalists following the government session.
According to David Zalkaliani, the Government of Georgia will closely co-operate with European and American partners in order to benefit from their experience and best practices.
Angela Merkel's visit to Georgia points to how high Georgia is on the German political agenda – David Zalkaliani
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's second visit to Georgia in 10 years points to how high Georgia is on the German political agenda.
“It is important that Georgia hosts a visit from such an important EU Member State, against the background of the challenges facing our country today. This visit is yet another proof of support for the Georgian government’s reforms, foreign policy course, European ad Euro-Atlantic integration and peace policy” - the Minister said.
According to David Zalkaliani, during the meetings with Angela Merkel, discussions will focus on bilateral relations, as well as co-operation in multilateral formats.
“It is necessary to ensure that the level of Georgia’s economic co-operation with Germany is in line with cooperative processes in defence and foreign dimensions. The fact that the visit is regional and Georgia is involved in a number of important infrastructural projects currently ongoing in the region once again indicates that Georgia is high on the German political agenda.
Georgia expects important messages from Germany – David Zalkaliani
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani commented on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s forthcoming visit to Georgia. According him, it will be Merkel’s second visit to Georgia in 10 years. “Against the background of challenges facing Georgia, the importance of the visit of the chancellor of such EU Member State as Germany cannot be overestimated. Equally important is the timing of this visit” – Zalkaliani said adding that Georgia expects important messages from Germany.
As the Minister told journalists, discussions will focus on all issues on the bilateral agenda of Georgia-Germany relations. Special attention will be paid to Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration course and co-operation with the partner countries. Key accent, in this context, will be placed on the economic dimension of co-operation. „It is important for us to ensure that the level of political co-operation with Germany is achieved in economic dimension as well” – Zalkaliani said
According to the Minister, a business forum will be held within the framework of the German Chancellor’s visit to Georgia. The forum will be attended by the representative delegation from Germany. “This forum is yet another opportunity to discuss the ways for further intensifying economic relations between Georgia and Germany” – the Georgian Foreign Minister said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit to Georgia on 23 and 24 August.
David Zalkaliani has met with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Georgia
Tbilisi – Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Georgia Ihor Dolhov.
The sides discussed the historically friendly and partner relations between the two countries. Discussions focused on key issues on the bilateral and multilateral agenda. Special attention was paid to the need of exchanging high-level visits.
The Minister and the Ambassador reaffirmed their mutual support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other’s countries,. In this context Zalkaliani highlighted the importance of the Ukrainian Vice Premier ten years after the Russia-Georgia war that is a clear demonstration of Ukraine’s solidarity with Georgia.
The Ambassador congratulated David Zalkaliani on his appointment as Foreign Minister and wished him success in his future endeavours.