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.
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.
Three New Plants to Open in Georgia
At today's meeting, the Government will make a decision on opening three new plants in Georgia.
Under the Produce in Georgia program, a building material factory will open in the village of Aghdgomliantkari, Mtskheta Municipality (1,300,000 GEL in investment).
A hazelnut and bay laurel processing plant will be established in Kveda Chkhorotzku, Chkhorotzku Municipality (130,000 GEL in investments).
Under the program for supporting tea production, a tea processing plant will be created in the village of Nagomari, Ozurgeti Municipality, and the implementing company will receive 25 hectares of land to lease.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, the creation of each of these plants is of crucial importance, because these projects initiated by the Government enable people to start their own businesses and employ dozens of local residents.
"These are vitally important projects in terms of ensuring local production potential, and the state continues its efforts in this direction. Importantly, we should always remember that this local potential will never work unless we all, Georgia's population, fathom that purchasing local products leads to additional incomes for Georgian households, a hot meal in the family of a local employee, a parent bringing home goods after hours. We should always remember this link when buying local products," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.