Archil Talakvadze elected Chairman of Parliament
Archil Talakvadze, Leader of the Parliamentary Majority has been elected Chairman of the Georgian Parliament. The 94 MPs voted for Talakvadze’s election on the post and 1 – against.
The 101 lawmakers underwent registration for the balloting. MPs of the National Movement and European Georgia parties did not participate in the voting process.
Archil Talakvadze replaced Irakli Kobakhidze on the post of Chairman of Parliament. Kobakhidze quit the post several days ago amid protests after Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov took the seat in the Georgian parliament.
Talakvadze served as Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs in 2014-2016. He was Deputy Minister of Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Assistance in 2012-2014.
The meeting of Archil Talakvadze with the Head of CoE Georgia Office
The Speaker, H.E. Archil Talakvadze held the farewell meeting with the Head of CoE Georgia Office, Mr. Cristian Urse and discussed the relations between the Georgian Parliament and the CoE and the future cooperation prospects.
The Speaker thanked the diplomat for his personal contribution in democratic development of the country and wished good luck in his further career.
The Embassy of Switzerland welcomes the adoption of the constitutional amendments
The Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia welcomes the adoption of the constitutional amendments and trusts that the new electoral system will increase the representation of the different layers of society, including the minorities, within the new Parliament. Switzerland will assist Georgia to set up a fair and transparent electoral campaign, based on mutual respect and constructive compromise, and calls on all political actors and media to refrain from personal attacks, including against the members of the diplomatic corps.
Azerbaijan celebrates Republic Day: Relying on the roots and confidently looking to the future
Republic Day is a significant date in the life of Azerbaijan. On May 28, 1918, the Declaration of Independence of Azerbaijan was proclaimed in the historical Viceroy’s Palace in that time Tiflis. Thus, the centuries-old tradition of statehood of the Azerbaijani people was revived in a new form of secular democratic republic. Becoming the first republic in the Muslim East, Azerbaijan affirmed the equal rights of all its citizens, regardless of gender, religious, ethnic or social affiliation. In the country, earlier than among many leading European nations, women's suffrage was guaranteed. All ethnic groups were represented in the Parliament of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR).
Noteworthy is such an important circumstance as – ADR closely coordinated its efforts in the foreign policy arena with the Georgian Democratic Republic. So, in 1919, our countries concluded a defensive pact against the common threat posed by Denikin’s troops. The independence of both states was de facto recognized by the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers under a decision of January 11, 1920. It is truly symbolic that the sketch of the ADR coat of arms, taken as the basis of the current coat of arms of the Republic of Azerbaijan, was proposed by Prince Alexander Shervashidze, who was then in Baku.
Alas, that time global political situation did not allow Azerbaijan to maintain its independence. In April 1920, Baku was occupied by the Red Army. And less than a year later, the Georgian Democratic Republic fell under the blows of the Bolsheviks. All this once again demonstrated that the destinies of our countries are intertwined with history. The successes of one lead to the good of the other. And vice versa, the trouble of one is reflected in the next.
Being a part of the USSR, Azerbaijan also strove to develop friendly contacts with Georgia; outstanding representatives of the intelligentsia of both countries were connected by warm and close relations. Our peoples continued to crave for each other. The crown of this cooperation was the friendship between the leaders of the republics – Heydar Aliyev and Eduard Shevardnadze, whose activities laid the foundations for the restoration of the countries’ independence.
Returning to the leadership in Azerbaijan after the collapse of the Soviet Union and taking the country away from the edge of the abyss in 1993, Heydar Aliyev began to systematically strengthen the foundations of statehood. He became a true architect of the today’s Republic of Azerbaijan, identifying key areas and a strategy for its development. It is no coincidence that the main export pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, the construction of which through the territory of Georgia became the triumph of Heydar Aliyev’s oil diplomacy, is inextricably linked with his name.
Relying on the strong foundation of modern effective statehood, the Republic of Azerbaijan, under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, has developed successes in all areas: reducing poverty from almost 45% in 2003 to less than 5% by now, developing social infrastructure, technological modernization, stimulating the non-oil sector, ensuring dynamic stability within the country and strengthening its prestige in the international arena. In this connection, it’s enough to recall at least such momentous events as the election of Azerbaijan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from a group of Eastern European states for 2012-2013 and the country's chairmanship in the Non-Aligned Movement, uniting 120 states, which began in 2019.
Azerbaijan is successfully building up cooperation in all significant vectors: from the European Union to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the Council of Europe, from NATO to UNESCO, etc. Of course, the strengthening of strategic partnership with neighboring countries occupies a special place in the system of priorities, and among them Georgia traditionally plays the role of our closest good neighbor, whose brotherhood has passed the test of the long history and the collisions of the present stage.
Our countries, like a hundred years ago, continue to coordinate their activities, invariably provide mutual support to each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Like a hundred years ago, we have similar problems, we feel common pain. One fifth of the internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan is under occupation. A fifth of Georgia’s territory has also been occupied.
The people and the state of Azerbaijan are determined to restore international law and justice, to ensure the violated rights of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons who have been subjected to ethnic cleansing in their own country and forcibly expelled from their homes. Strengthening the Azerbaijani state’s power significantly increased the ability to assert its rights and eliminate the consequences of the illegal use of force against it. And everyone can be sure that the success of Azerbaijan in this direction will create conditions for improving the situation in the region as a whole.
Today, celebrating Republic Day, the Azerbaijani people rely on their own strengths and actively use the potential of international cooperation. We are convinced that only by developing a mutually beneficial partnership it’s possible to confidently continue forwarding on the path of progress and prosperity. In its turn, the progress and prosperity of Azerbaijan will always benefit its good neighbors and Georgia, of course, in the first instance.
Press Service of the Embassy
of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia
The President of Turkmenistan meets with the Chairman of Japan’s House of Representatives
In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a working visit to Tokyo, had a meeting with Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima.
Warmly greeting high-rank guest, Mr Osima noted that this is great honour for him to meet the Head of Turkmenistan. At the same time, high level of relations between two states as well as dynamic character of established parliamentarian relations has been highlighted.
Japan pays great attention to development of fruitful dialog with Turkmenistan, the Chairman of Japan’s House of Representatives said, having expressed confidence that current visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov would support further improvement of traditionally friendly bilateral relations.
Having expressed gratitude for cordial welcome and hospitality, the Head of the State taking opportunity congratulated the Speaker of the House of Representatives and friendly Japanese people on the enthronement of the Emperor Naruhito. The President noted that our countries are connected with close relations, which are based on respect of each other, equality and strive for progress.
Turkmenistan works actively with Japan in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also highlighted the importance of dialog between legislative authorities of two states.
Regular inter-parliamentary and inter-party meetings, exchange of practice in law-making sphere will support the expansion of comprehensive interstate relations. Speaking of this, the Head of the State has noted an important role of the Parliamentary League of Turkmen – Japanese friendship in improvement of cooperation in this direction.
Today, Turkmenistan follows the way of staged reformation of social and political life. Activity of government administration and legislative authorities is improved in the context of large-scale reforms. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that establishment of two-chamber Parliament by unification of the Mejlis and the People’s Council into single system of representative and legislative power authorities has been initiated at the recent session of the People’s Council.
Change to two-chamber system will give an opportunity to represent the interests of all level of Turkmen society, having provided conditions for monitoring in legal practice. In addition, it will give impulse to closer collaboration between deputies and electorate at sites, enforcement of control of fulfilment of laws and national programmes.
Continuing the meeting, the presence of significant multidimensional potential for expansion of Turkmen – Japanese partnership in trade and economic sphere has been noted. At the same time, cooperation in humanitarian sphere especially in science, education and culture received new content.
It was stated that Turkmenistan and Japan actively works in multilateral format under competent international organizations including the UN. Turkmen – Japanese cooperation under the Central Asia – Japan Dialog has a steadfast character.
In the end of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima expressed confidence in development of constructive cooperation that meets the interests of two countries and nations.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation reaffirm the willingness to develop partnership
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a meeting with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived in our country, heading the RF representative delegation to participate in the First Caspian Economic Forum in the Avaza National tourism zone.
Cordially welcoming the distinguished guest, the President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the current working visit to Turkmenistan of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation would contribute to enhancing the interstate dialogue, and would determine further ways for cooperation.
Expressing gratitude for the cordial welcome and warm wishes, the guest conveyed greetings from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Noting that this meeting is a good opportunity to discuss the priority tasks of cooperation, Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the Turkmen leader on the organization of such a significant forum, which brought together the representatives of the littoral states as well as other countries.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed best wishes to President Vladimir Putin and emphasized that Turkmenistan highly appreciated the Russian Federation’s support for the international initiatives put forward by Turkmenistan, including the proposal to hold the First Caspian Economic Forum.
Taking this opportunity, Dmitry Medvedev expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the personal assistance rendered to the development of interstate cooperation, which has reached a qualitatively new level in recent years. Particular emphasis was placed on the positive dynamics of relations at the regional level.
Expressing satisfaction with the significant success in implementing the existing agreements, the Turkmen leader and the head of the Government of the Russian Federation confirmed their willingness to build up fruitful cooperation, identifying new directions and opportunities.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest underlined the efficiency of the meetings with the representatives of the competent authorities for the economy and transport of the Caspian littoral states, including Turkmenistan and Russia, as well as the first meeting of the Turkmen-Astrakhan Council on Entrepreneurship.
Particular attention during the meeting was paid to the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation. Expressing satisfaction with the progressive character of trade and economic relations that is expressed in the positive dynamics of the trade turnover, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation focused on the existing potential for building up cooperation in this direction.
In this context, it was emphasized that the active work of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Russian Commission, national business councils established under the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan and Russia, all interested ministries and departments, and enterprises of the both countries contributed to the expansion of mutual import-export operations and the geography of inter-regional contacts.
The fuel and energy complex, shipbuilding, car industry, sea shipping in the Caspian Sea, agriculture, including the supply of food products to the Russian market were specified among the priority vectors of cooperation.
It was also underlined that interstate relations successfully developed in the humanitarian sphere. Scientists, specialists of the sphere of education and culture take an active part in the international conferences, exhibitions, art festivals and meetings held regularly in the two countries.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev underlined the importance of widening efficient relations in the humanitarian sphere.
Discussing the issues on the international agenda, the Turkmen leader and the distinguished guest paid attention to the global security of energy supplies, optimization of transport flows in Eurasia and environmental problems.
In conclusion of the meeting, which was held in the atmosphere of trust, the head of the Turkmen state and the Prime Minister of Russia expressed confidence in the progressive development of the interstate dialogue and reaffirmed the mutual interest in building a multi-aspect partnership.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan