David Zalkaliani has met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Helsinki – Within the framework of the CoE Ministerial Meeting, Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Reaffirming the strategic partnership between the two countries, the sides reaffirmed their commitment to further deepen co-operation.
Paying special attention to the need to further strengthen economic relations, the sides expressed the hope that the Georgia-Turkey Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO) will hold its first meeting in the near future.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for active support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
The Ministers also highlighted the importance of co-operation within the framework of international transit and energy projects.
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.
The Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs D. Zalkaliani, held an official visit to the Republic of TurkeyAnkara, March 3rd, 2020 – The Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani, held an official visit to the Republic of Turkey. Within the framework of the visit the Vice Prime Minister held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.During the meeting of the Foreign Minister issues relevant to the bilateral agenda were discussed, along with the challenges, threats and prospects faced by the region. The existing strategic partnership between the two states was underscored, with a particular emphasis being made on existing economic projects, which ensure stable development of the region, elevating its significance to strategic levels.The Georgian Vice Prime Minister expressed his gratitude towards Turkey for the unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with the staunch support in terms of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.The parties discussed the significance of the high-level strategic partnership council of Georgia and Turkey, expressing hope that the session delayed due to the pandemic will take place soon, allowing for further deepening of relations between the two states, increasing the degree of cooperation between inter-state institutions.Particular emphasis was made on the successful cooperation of the two states in the fields of politics, trade, economy, transportation, energy, defence and security, culture, as well as humanitarian issues. Issues associated with the dimensions of trade and economy, transport and energy were discussed in detail. It was noted with satisfaction that Turkey represents one of the main trading partners of Georgia, underscoring that more efforts are needed to increase Georgian exports to the Turkish markets.The parties welcomed the liberalisation of tariffs conducted within the framework of the signing of the free trade agreement, along with steps taken in terms of the activation of the diagonal cumulation between Georgia, Turkey and the EU. The aforementioned agreement further increases Georgian and Turkish exports to the EU common market.The significance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipelines along with the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project was noted. It was stated that the realisation of southern energy corridors will further solidify security of the region, ensuring additional volumes of energy resources of the Caspian basin for the European markets.In terms of multilateral relations the parties welcomed the existing trilateral cooperation format of the region connecting Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey, which bears prospects of development. The parties agreed to support the deepening of regional cooperation via the means of the aforementioned format.The developments taking place in Southern Caucasus were also discussed. The unambiguous support for peaceful resolution of conflicts was underscored. In this regard, satisfaction was expressed in terms of the establishment of peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. The discussion also touched upon the issue of new regional initiatives. It was noted that any type of initiative must be based upon and implemented with the principles of mutual respect, equality, sovereignty, territorial integrity of all parties involved. Additionally, Minister Zalkaliani made particular emphasis on the fact that regional states must be open for cooperation with both European partners as well as partners from Asia, with the actual cooperation focusing on economic projects, which would support sustainable development of the region, while strengthening economic ties between Europe and Asia.Towards the end of the meeting the parties expressed readiness to further strengthen the existing strategic partnership between the two states.MFA Statement
David Zalkaliani held a conversation with his Polish counterpartThe Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, David Zalkaliani, held a telephone conversation with his Polish colleague, Zbigniew Rau. During the discussion the Ministers noted with particular emphasis the existing special friendship and partnership between the two countries.The discussion also touched upon the unfolding events in Georgia’s internal politics. The Ministers underscored the importance of diverting said processes towards a constructive framework and the necessity of dialogue, in order to ensure timely resolution of the existing crisis.Additionally, David Zalkaliani expressed gratitude towards his Polish counterpart for the staunch support demonstrated by Poland in terms of Georgia’s foreign policy aspirations, along with its sovereignty and territorial integrity.The head of the Foreign Ministries of Georgia and Poland deliberated upon the existing situation in both countries in the context of the global pandemic, along with the process of vaccination. The necessity of equal distribution of vaccines was noted. The Georgian Foreign Minister expressed gratitude towards Poland for taking a strong stance on said issue and exerting appropriate efforts.
We should provide important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict - the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office
"Georgia is a strong partner of OSCE in resolving conflicts, as well as within the OSCE concept of security encompassing 3 dimensions”- the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde said following her meeting with the Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani.
According to the Swedish diplomat, Georgia and OSCE should play an important role in establishing peace and security in the region. She reaffirmed strong support for Georgia’s constructive participation in this significant effort.
Ann Linde stressed that active engagement in Russia-Georgia conflict resolution process is one of the key priorities of the Swedish chairmanship of OSCE.
In her words, the challenges facing the European security should be resolved by adhering to OSCE principles and commitments, as well as through dialogue and engagement. “OSCE has long been playing an important role in Georgia through its active engagement in the Geneva International Discussions and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism. We hope that we can provide an important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict and strengthen the democratic institutions of Georgia” - Ann Linde said.
According to Ann Linde, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, Co-chair of the Geneva International Discussions, Annika Söder will play an important role in this regard.
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office will hold meetings with the Georgian President, Salome Zourabichvili, Speaker of Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, the Georgian PM, Giorgi Gakharia. Ann Linde is also to visit the village of Khurvaleti.
Prime Minister meets with Iran’s Foreign Minister, discusses regional state of affairs and development of bilateral trade and economic ties
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held a meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The conversation focused on the situation in the region, including the latest developments, and Georgia's key role in the region's economic development and regional stability alike.
The parties also discussed bilateral and regional relations. In the context of bilateral relations, special emphasis was placed on the trade and economic ties between the two countries, also the importance of cementing their transit and transport communications, tapping into the potential in these areas, and dealing with area-specific difficulties in a timely manner.
The dialogue also touched on the pandemic-related situations and future plans in both countries.
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirmed strong support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The meeting at the Government's Administration was attended by Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili.
Press Service of the Government Administration