David Zalkaliani has met with the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
The Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina, who arrived in Georgia as part of his regional tour.
The sides discussed all current issues of NATO-Georgia cooperation. The conversation focused on Georgia’s progress on the Euro-Atlantic integration path and noted that Georgia is one of the closest and most compatible partners of the Alliance. The sides underlined NATO's commitment to the decision of the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Georgia will become a member of NATO.
David Zalkaliani and Javier Colomina exchanged views over the difficult security environment in the occupied regions of Georgia. Javier Colomina reiterated the Alliance’s support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The sides discussed NATO-Georgia cooperation in the field of Black Sea security and the need for aspirant Georgia’s more active involvement in NATO’s efforts to strengthen Black Sea security.
Javier Colomina thanked Georgia for its contribution to international peace and security, as well as for its role during the recent evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan.
The sides also discussed issues related to ა new strategic concept for NATO, and the Georgian side expressed the hope that the new concept will duly address the need to maintain an "open door policy" and Georgia's membership in NATO.
Prime Minister participates in NATO Summit in Madrid
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, took part in today's special meeting of the North Atlantic Council within the scope of the NATO Summit in Madrid. Besides the Alliance's member states, the session's participants included the leaders of Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, and senior EU officials. The meeting discussed some of the challenges facing the global security architecture and the security environment emerging in the Euro-Atlantic space, with emphasis on the need to further the cooperation among NATO member and partner states in order to join forces toward helping maintain rules-based international order. The meeting also discussed the events unfolding in Ukraine. The importance of assisting Ukraine against the ongoing military aggression was also highlighted.
The Prime Minister of Georgia spoke about the worsening security situation in the Black Sea Region and Georgia's steps in light of these circumstances. The Prime Minister, in his speech, underlined the unprecedentedly high level of practical cooperation between Georgia and NATO over the past few years, also expressing hope that the country's progress in implementing reforms will have a positive impact on Georgia's path toward membership.
Several important documents have been adopted at the Madrid Summit, including the new Strategic Concept of NATO 2030, the Madrid Summit Declaration, and the Tailored Support Document for Georgia. Notably, all three documents contain issues of critical importance to Georgia. In particular, they reaffirm the decision made at the Bucharest Summit on Georgia's eventual NATO membership, also reinforcing NATO's open door policy, Georgia's status as an aspirant country, and the Alliance's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The issue of Georgia is reflected in detail in the new Strategic Concept of NATO, the Alliance's guideline document in the course of the next ten years.
Notably, the Tailored Support Document for Georgia, approved at the summit, sets forth concrete measures for furthering Georgia's defense capabilities and enhancing NATO's effective engagement in this process.
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GLOBALink | NATO becomes tool for certain countries to uphold hegemony: Chinese FM spokesperson
"As a product of Cold War and the world's largest military alliance, NATO has long held onto the obsolete security vision. It has become a tool for certain countries to uphold their hegemony," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday.
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L. Davitashvili noted that it is very important, in general, that Congress expresses clear support for the deepening of cooperation with Georgia
“During the meeting with our fellow congressmen in the US Congress, we received a very clear support for Georgia. We thank the Congressmen for their bipartisan support, which is expressed in the Georgia Support Act. According to the administration of the Ministry of Economics, clear political support is especially important in a difficult situation in the region, where we are talking about the US Congress and Congressmen supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in all formats,” – Deputy Prime Minister Levan Davitashvili stated after the meeting with Congressmen Darren Soto and Brendan Boyle. The meetings was held within the framework of the Vice Prime Minister’s working visit to the United States. Ambassador of Georgia to the United States, Davit Zalkaliani also participated in the meeting.
The meetings with the congressmen focused on the current events in the Black Sea region, as well as the challenges and ways of their overcoming. It was noted that the United States continues to support Georgia in its EU and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Georgia is interested in moving its strategic partnership with the United States to a new level, which is one of the main priorities of the country’s foreign policy. In this regard, the importance of deepening economic relations between the two countries as well as developing trade and investment ties, including the possibility of concluding a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, was stressed. It was also noted that the launching of direct flights between Georgia and the United States will help to further deepen bilateral economic relations.
Levan Davitashvili noted that it is very important, in general, that Congress expresses clear support for the deepening of cooperation with Georgia, and this is a very clear message. According to him, there is a desire on the part of the Congressmen to implement more joint projects with Georgia.
The EU Special Representative met with the heads of both chambers of the Turkmen Parliament
Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met on Wednesday with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Teri Khakala, who arrived in Ashgabat.
The main topic of the conversation was the development of parliamentary contacts as a mechanism for diplomacy and cooperation, strengthening of legal support for joint agreements and closer consultative interaction in the legislative sphere.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, emphasizing the policy of "open doors" pursued by Turkmenistan, noted that partnership with the EU in this regard is of paramount importance, and spoke in favor of enriching and intensifying this dialogue.
Teri Khakala also met with Gulshat Mammedova, Chairwoman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh, discussing topical issues of interaction between the EU and Turkmenistan through the parliamentary line. The meeting was attended by EU Ambassador to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso.
Teimuraz Janjalia has met with the representatives of the Finnish parliamentary delegation
On 2 May, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Teimuraz Janjalia met with members of the Finnish parliamentary delegation headed by Matthias Martinen, Chairman of the Friendship Group with the Parliament of Georgia.
Highlighting the close, friendly Georgian-Finnish relations based on the common fight for independence and freedom of choice, as well as on the shared European values, the sides welcomed the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. They also noted with satisfaction the close inter-parliamentary ties and fruitful cooperation in the fight against hybrid threats.
The Deputy Minister spoke about the importance of maintaining political dialogue at a regular level. In this context, he emphasized the need to carry out planned high-level visits, to ensure a closer dialogue with European regional formats, including with the Nordic-Baltic Eight.
Reviewing the progress made by Georgia on the path of irreversible integration with the European Union, Teimuraz Janjalia noted Georgia's interest in ensuring deeper economic integration and sectoral cooperation with the European Union, including in the field of renewable energy and the environment.
The Deputy Foreign Minister briefed the Finnish side on Georgia's support for Ukraine, both in the humanitarian field and within international organizations by aligning with a number of resolutions or statements in support of Ukraine. He reaffirmed that Georgia will continue its unwavering support for the brotherly Ukrainian nation. Against the background of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, Teimuraz Janjalia stressed the security challenges facing the region and the creeping occupation and the dire humanitarian situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. He noted the need for the international community’s greater involvement in ensuring lasting peace and stability in the region.
The Finnish MPs, in turn, focused on the ongoing debate on security policy in Finland, including in terms of the country’s possible membership in NATO. They emphasized the importance of ensuring close political dialogue in the light of changes affecting the European security architecture. They noted the importance of European countries’ unanimous position in the face of the Russia-Ukraine war and their strong support for Ukraine.
The Finnish side reaffirmed Finland's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the country's EU integration and the European Reform Agenda.
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