Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili is holding a working visit to the Republic of Armenia. Today, as part of this visit, the Head of Georgian Government met with his Armenian counterpart, Nikol Pashinyan.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia reiterated to Irakli Garibashvili and the Georgian people his condolences over the deaths caused by the recent collapse of a residential building in Batumi.
The parties discussed the Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative for the South Caucasus proposed by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili in the UN and designed to ensure peace and stability in the region. The meeting emphasized that the new peace format will foster discussions on the prospects of the peaceful neighborhood initiative that will engage international partners alongside the South Caucasus states.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister of Georgia reaffirmed Georgia's commitment to continuing its active role as a mediator in order to secure peace and stability and ensure the region's gradual transformation into a place of new opportunities, development, and peace.
The Prime Ministers of the two countries also discussed important issues on the bilateral cooperation agenda, revisiting every aspect brought up during Nikol Pashinyan's recent official visit to Tbilisi.
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Georgian Prime Minister met with France-based Georgian sculptor Goudji Amashukeli
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s met with France-based Georgian sculptor Goudji Amashukeli.
During his visit to the US in September 2021, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili presented the UN with a museum exhibition copy of The Knight in the Panther’s Skin, with its repoussé cover authored by Goudji Amashukeli, a celebrated France-based Georgian sculptor.
This treasured, unique repoussé cover of national importance is made from silver and uses up to twenty different types of gemstones. The copy is displayed in one of the most prominent spots at the UN Headquarters, in New York. Goudji Amashukeli’s sculptures, symbolic artworks, medallions, jewelry, and golden and silver sculptured items on mythological and religious themes are owned by world-famous museums, galleries, and private collections. Each artwork by Goudji Amashukeli is unique, never repeated.
Hailed as Master of Art, Goudji Amashukeli has been made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of his exceptional merit in art, also being Knight of the National Order of Merit and the holder of the title of Maître d’art.
His works are preserved at Vatican and Louvre Museums, Notre-Dame de Paris Museum, the Museums of Decorative Arts in Paris and Lyon, Dobrée Museum of Nantes, Museum Mandet de Riom, and others.Press Service of the Government Administration
Georgian Prime Minister met with TAV Airports CEO Serkan Kaptan
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s met with TAV Airports CEO Serkan Kaptan.The parties discussed ongoing and prospective future cooperation. Attention was paid to the growing dynamic of restoring tourism in Georgia and the importance of improving services in this direction.As it was noted, the pandemic has created many challenges for airport operators. The Head of Government welcomed the operative decisions of TAV seeking to improve the situation, also expressing hope that more innovations will be offered in the future.The importance of encouraging new airlines and routes was underling at the meeting. According to the Prime Minister, the Government of Georgia is ready to actively collaborate with TAV in this direction.The meeting was attended from the Georgian side by the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Levan Davitashvili, and from the TAV Airports’ side by the Chair of Executive Committee/Vice President, Franck Mereyde, and the General Manager of TAV Georgia, Tea Zakaradze.TAV Georgia is an affiliated company of TAV Airports Holding. The company has invested 220 million USD in Georgia, consequently putting into operation new passenger terminals at Tbilisi and Batumi International Airports. The investment made in 2016-2017 resulted in the full rehabilitation of the runway at Tbilisi International Airport and the construction of a new arrivals terminal.Press Service of the Government Administration
Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgia’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration and the key directions on the NATO-Georgia relations agenda were the main topics discussed at today’s meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina.
Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina spoke about the supportive measures tailored to Georgia and seeking to expand the country’s defense capabilities even further.
Attention was paid to NATO’s new Strategic Concept. As it was noted, the concept reiterates NATO’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial sovereignty and emphasizes the strategic importance of the Black Sea to the Alliance.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia has always been one of the most reliable and capable partners of the Alliance, making a tremendous contribution to common Euro-Atlantic security. Irakli Garibashvili underlined that, over the years, Georgia has achieved significant progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation touched on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the complex security environment in the region and the world. Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s commitment to the policy of peaceful conflict resolution.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Alexander Vinnikov, Georgia’s Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO, Victor Dolidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
Ilia Darchiashvili has met with Jordanian Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi
A meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Jordan was held within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
Ilia Darchiashvili and Ayman Safadi highly appreciated the friendly ties established between Georgia and Jordan and once again noted the importance of the historic visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia to the Kingdom of Jordan and the meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II.
The Ministers expressed their readiness to work actively for maintaining and further developing the existing relations. They emphasized the need to intensify tourism and people-to-people contacts between Jordan and Georgia. According to them, this process will be given an additional impetus by the decision of Jordan's royal family to formally present a plot of land near Jordan River to Georgia.
Focusing on the relations between the two countries in international formats, the sides once again emphasized Georgia's successful cooperation with the Arab League organization and the Arab states, in general.
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Prime Minister’s speech at the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly
Prime Minister’s speech at the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.
"On behalf of the Georgian people, it is an honor to speak to you again at the United Nations General Assembly. As we gather for this 77th Session, we reflect on our founding principles and the progress we have made as an international community since the creation of the United Nations. At the first Session in 1946, the founders vowed to unite to maintain global peace and security.
While we have made significant advances, we must acknowledge the ongoing acts of aggression against members of this body – the very same types of acts that led to the establishment of the United Nations after World War II.
In 2008, my country was attacked by Russia resulting in the ongoing occupation of 20 percent of our territory. At the time, the international community recognized this aggression. But, as we have learned, the world’s democracies must act as one to ensure that freedom and peace prevail.
The UN was founded to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” and protect state sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is our duty. It is our promise.
Today, I have the privilege of representing Georgia, a strong, proud, freedom-loving nation that has preserved its sacred heritage and history, while also evolving and adapting to the geopolitical realities of 21st century.
Thirty years ago, Georgia became part of the United Nations family. Now more than ever we are committed to protecting our shared values in our region and worldwide.
We seek all opportunities for collaboration with our international partners to advance the cause of peace. In that regard, the Geneva International Discussions are particularly crucial to bring the Russian Federation to the table to address the implementation of the EU-mediated 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. Georgia appreciates the international community’s support for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Though 20% of my country is still occupied by Russia, we do not let this difficult challenge define us. We continue to punch above our weight and contribute to the international community.
Since our government came to power in 2012, we have implemented an ambitious reform agenda that brought us closer to our key international partners, the EU, United States, NATO, and the United Nations. For the first time since we regained independence, Georgia has enjoyed an unprecedented decade of peace, prosperity, and stability.
We are continuously working on Georgia’s global positioning and are already realizing the rewards. According to the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index, Georgia is 1st in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Open Budget Index ranked Georgia as 1st in the world in terms of budget transparency; and according to the Fraser Institute Economic Freedom of the World 2021, Georgia is among the top 5 economies, along with Singapore and Switzerland. NUMBEO named Georgia one of the world’s safest countries, ranking 14th globally.
Our work to align more closely with the US and Europe goes hand and hand with our commitment to continued democratic transformation. Increased Euro-Atlantic and European integration is our way of returning to the family of European nations, with whom we share history, culture, and most importantly, values.
We are continuing our unequivocal path towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Our commitment to these goals is backed up by actions and real results, including an Association Agreement, DCFTA, and visa-free travel with the EU".