Readout of Prime Minister Gakharia’s Call with US Senator Lindsey Graham
This evening Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia conducted a call with United States Senator Lindsey Graham, Chairman of Judiciary Committee, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees. They discussed the strength of the US-Georgia partnership and ways to continue to advance the close bonds between the two countries.
On behalf of the Georgian people, the Prime Minister expressed gratitude for US support in strengthening Georgia's healthcare system, specifically the Lugar Center, which has been instrumental to Georgia's successful efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister detailed the careful steps Georgia is taking to re-open the country and revive its economy.
The leaders also discussed Russia's continued illegal "borderization" efforts that are happening in the midst of the pandemic.
Both officials reiterated their commitment to further strengthen political, economic, and security ties between the two allies and further anacting reforms that will support Georgian democracy. The Prime Minister extended an invitation for Senator Graham to visit Tbilisi in the near future.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Georgian PM met with Marija Pejčinović Burić
Priorities of Chairmanship to be assumed by Georgia at the Council of Europe were among the key topics of discussion by and between Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe today.
It was noted that priorities of Georgia are based on democracy, human rights and rule of law in the capacity of the next Chairman of the Council of Europe.
Meeting held at the Government Administration included discussion of topics related to bilateral cooperation between Georgia and Council of Europe, along with the Action Plan for 2020-2023, which covers projects implemented by Georgia together with the Council of Europe in the referred years.
As Prime Minister’s Press Office stated, the focus was made on the significantly positive role of the Action Plans existed so far in the process of democratic reforms implemented in the country. Parties expressed hope that the future programs will have specific, tangible results as well.
Discussions held at the meeting were related to the current condition observed at the occupied territories and along the occupation line. Process related to the referred issue within the Council of Europe was also reviewed. Prime Minister of Georgia expressed gratitude to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for the solid support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.
Georgia will take over the chairmanship of Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers for a six-month term starting November 27. The Secretary General of the CoE Marija Pejčinović Burić has arrived in Georgia in connection with Georgia’s upcoming chairmanship.
Presentation of the coin issued in connection with the 70th anniversary of the CoE and the 20th jubilee of Georgia’s CoE membership as well as the action plan of Georgia in the Council of Europe for 2020-2023 will be held within the framework of the visit.
The plan was prepared with active cooperation of the Georgian side and aims at bringing human rights protection, democracy and supremacy of law in line with the European standards.
This is the first time when Georgia heads Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
The chairmanship will be passed from France to Georgia in Strasbourg.
G. Gakharia and R. Guluzade Discussed Prospects of Cooperation in Tourism and Communications
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, within his official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan, had a meeting with the Azerbaijan Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, Ramin Guluzade. Issues related to the existing relationships between the two countries and the prospects of cooperation in the tourism and communications sectors were the subject of the discussion. Deputy Ministers of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Genadi Arveladze and Giorgi Cherkezishvili, Head of the Transport and Logistics Development Policy Department of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ketevan Salukvadze and Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Teimuraz Sharashenidze also attended the meeting.
“We had a very interesting conversation regarding the development of the transport corridor and enhancing the relations between the two countries in terms of freight and air transportation. We discussed the prospect of cooperation between the Georgian and the Azerbaijan startup companies through providing the opportunity to introduce achievements and share experiences with the colleagues as well as interested investors. Following the idea, we will hold the meeting of the relevant working group promptly since we would like to arrange the visit of the Georgian startup companies to Azerbaijan in order to introduce their projects to the local public,” – Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Cherkezishvili stated upon the completion of the meeting.
Giorgi Cherekezishvili also notes that the prospect of cooperation in the field of communications was also discussed during the meeting with the Azerbaijan Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies. As the Deputy Minister stated, Georgian and Azerbaijan companies are closely cooperating in this field.
“We also discussed the ongoing issues related to overland and ferry transportation and agreed on elaborating joint passenger transportation projects. For the implementation of this agreement a working group will visit Georgia in the nearest future and we will be able to arrange the details” – Giorgi Cherkezishvili noted.
Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing
The Belt and Road cooperative initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, aims at promoting multi-beneficial development via enhancing international cooperation, docking development strategies and utilizing complimentary advantages. The Belt and Road Initiative has progressed successfully for more than 3 years. It has become an important international public goods, with broad international cooperative consensus reached, a number of important early outcomes harvested.
To further strengthen the docking of development strategies of countries, and to deepen pragmatic cooperation, the Chinese side will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14th and 15th, 2017 in Beijing. It will be an important cooperative platform for each side to jointly discuss and construct the Belt and Road as well as to share mutual beneficial cooperation outcomes, thus is highly concerned by international community.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, with openness, inclusiveness and mutual beneficial being its notion, welcomes friends from all over the world. There are more than 100 countries and international organizations, which support and actively participate in the Belt and Road initiative. It is far beyond the traditional understanding of regions along the road. It was extednded westward to the western part of European and Africa, southward to Australia and New Zealand, eastward to South Pacific and Latin America. As a matter of fact, any country agrees the Silkroad spirit of peaceful cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual beneficial, is welcome to be a partner.
On the invitation of the Chinese government, 28 Heads of States and Governments, as well as officials, scholars, entrepreneurs, financiers, journalists from 110 countries have confirmed their participation, including 9 Vice Prime-Ministers, 7 Foreign Minister, 190 Minister-level officials from 92 countries. In addition, 89 leaders and representatives of 61 international organizations will take part as well. Altogether, participants will exceed 1200.
The Belt and Road cooperation between China and Georgia had a good start. Georgia is an important partner of the Belt and Road Initiative, who made great contribution to cooperation in associated areas. H.E. Mr. Kumisishvili, First Vice Prime-Minister and Finance Minister of Georgia, and H.E. Mr. Gakharia, Economy Minister of Georgia will join the high-level meeting of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation this time. The high-level meeting is an important part of the forum, which aims at enhancing exchanges among government, industry and academia, so as to promote pragmatic cooperation in related fields. The Chinese side believes and hopes that First Vice Prime-Minister Kumsishvili and Minister Gakharia, will discuss issues of common interests and cooperation potential with parties, to achieve more pragmatic cooperation outcomes.
Mikheil Janelidze has met Senator Lindsey Graham
Within the framework of his working visit to Washington, the Georgian Foreign Minister held a meeting with Senator Lindsey Graham. Mikheil Janelidze thanked the senator for his active support of Georgia, including for initiating a hearing on Georgia at the Senate Assignments Committee.
The Minister also thanked Lindsey Graham for visiting Georgia together with Senator John McCain.
Discussions focused on Georgia-U.S. partnership the U.S. side’s firm bicameral support for Georgia.
The sides paid special attention to the security environment in the region placing particular accent on the Russian Federation’s steps towards annexation of Georgia’s occupied regions. The Senator reaffirmed his strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Meeting with the US Senator Jeff Sessions
Wide spectrum of US-Georgia relationships were discussed during the meeting of Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the US Senator Jeff Sessions during their meeting at the US Senate.
During the meeting it was noted that the US has always been one of the most important international guarantors and strategic partners of Georgia. Political, financial and humanitarian support provided by the US to Georgia throughout years has been emphasized. The sides discussed Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration and preparation for the NATO Warsaw Summit. It was noted that accession to NATO is the main priority of Georgia's foreign and security policies.
Cooperation in area of defense between Georgia and the US was emphasized. The conversation touched upon the issues of international security and the conditions in the occupied regions of Georgia.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Jeff Sessions for the support and cooperation.
Upon termination of the meeting Jeff Sessions assessed the importance of the Prime Minister's visit. Pursuant to him, the strategic relations are developing successfully. He also positively assessed the progress achieved by Georgia in a view of developing democratic institutions and economy.