Prime Minister's Meeting with SOCAR President
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held a meeting with Rovnag Abdullayev, President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
SOCAR's investment projects implemented in Georgia were the key topic of the discussion. The meeting was attended by Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia Mahir Mammadov, Head of the SOCAR Investments Department Vagif Aliyev, and Azerbaijan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Dursun Hasanov.
London ends the first phase of campaign
The first phase of SOCAR's UEFA Euro 2020 campaign is finished by turning the petrol station on Agmashenebeli Highway into London. Designed with most iconic London details in mind, it is one of the 11 stations rebranded for the upcoming tournmanet.
The only host city which is not represented in campaign is Saint Petersburg due to political tension between countries and Russian occupation of Georgian territories.
Statement of the Prime Minister of Georgia
August 14 marks a tragic day in the recent history of our country. 25 years ago we failed to avoid fratricidal war. The bloodshed between our Abkhaz brothers and us entailed grave consequences. Today the severity of these results is even more evident to both Georgians and Abkhazians.
The history of our coexistence is exemplary and we have no right to live in such reality. An external force should not stand between us, it is harmful for us - Georgians and Abkhazians, and the future of our children. I have great hope that we will mend this grave mistake and soon, time will come when we will regain the hearts of our Abkhaz brothers and we will continue our coexistence with centuries-old love and mutual respect in a united, strong Georgia.
The Prime Minister of Georgia visits Estonia
The Prime Minister of Georgia visits Estonia. Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with Estonian Counterpart Jüri Ratas. Bilateral cooperation, Georgia’s path on European and Euro-Atlantic integration and forthcoming Eastern Partnership summit were the main topics of discussions during the meeting. Estonian PM will host the Georgian delegation at dinner. Kvirikashvili will also meet with President and Chairman of Parliament of Estonia
Prime Minister of Georgia met with US Vice President Mike Pence
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. The main topic of discussion of the meeting was the Georgia-U.S. strategic partnership. The Georgian delegation received assurances from Vice President Pence on deepening the strategic partnership in all fields, including: defense and security cooperation, trade and economic relations, development of democratic institutions, and cultural relations. Vice President Pence expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Kvirikashvili's leadership in carrying out ongoing reforms in Georgia. The Vice President also reaffirmed the White House's full support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The Vice President also stated that the United States will continue supporting Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Prime Minister Kvirikashvili and Vice President Pence also discussed regional challenges and global security issues, agreeing that a secure and stable Georgia is crucial for the whole region. The parties emphasized the importance of deepening trade and economic relations, including the role of U.S. companies involved in Georgia's strategic infrastructure projects. The parties agreed that in the future Georgia and the United States will continue active cooperation in political, economic, cultural, and humanitarian fields.
Statement by the Prime Minister of Georgia on holding the referendum in the Tskhinvali region
In response to Georgia's peaceful policy and efforts seeking reconciliation and confidence building between the populations divided by occupation lines, the Russian Federation, unfortunately, continues to take steps towards increased isolation and annexation of Georgia's occupied territories.
This is evidenced by the recent decision to hold a referendum on naming the Tskhinvali Region similarly to a subject of the Russian Federation, which once again exposes the true intentions of the occupant power to incorporate Georgia's integral regions.
According to the international law, it is unlawful and unacceptable to hold a referendum in a region from which tens of thousands of residents have been expelled as a result of ethnic cleansing, and where effective control is exercised by the occupant power.
I urge the international community to join forces and stand up to the Russian Federation's provocative actions, to prevent violations of the territorial integrity of sovereign states and imposition of practice of unlawful annexation, which undermines the region's stability and the international system stemming from democratic values.