D. Zalkaliani has met with the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, K. Degnan
The Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, Kelly Degnan, on 29 December, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The sides exchanged views over the security environment in the region, the latest developments around Ukraine and Russia’s aggressive rhetoric and actions to hinder Georgia’s and Ukraine’s NATO integration process. Underlining the inadmissibility of any third party making statements to revise the Bucharest Summit decisions, as well as of any attempt to impact this process, the sides referred to Russia’s occupation and annexation of the neighbouring countries’ territories and the failure to comply with its international obligations as the major challenge currently threatening the European security architecture.
The Foreign Minister reaffirmed that European and Euro-Atlantic integration is the Georgian People’s firm choice and that Georgia will continue to use all available formats to the maximum extent possible to accelerate the process. Zalkaliani thanked the U.S. Government for its support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic course and for its practical and political assistance in this regard.
The sides further agreed that, given the Russian Federation’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric, it is important that Georgia and the U.S. remain in very close coordination and take concerted steps.
EU agrees extra €500 million of military support for Ukraine
The Foreign Council of the European Union reached political agreement for a 7th tranche of military support to Ukraine worth €500 million.
The Council also agreed on an additional assistance measure worth €45 million for the Ukrainian forces being trained by the EU’s military training mission, EUMAM Ukraine. This brings the total military support under the European Peace Facility to €3.6 billion. According to EU High Representative Josep Borrell, the EU’s military, financial, economic and humanitarian support for Ukraine has now reached nearly €50 billion.
Before the Council discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addressed EU foreign ministers via video conference and briefed them on recent developments on the ground and on Ukraine’s current priorities.
Regarding the creation of an accountability mechanism, EU foreign ministers stressed the importance of preserving the crucial role of the International Criminal Court in international criminal justice and expressed broad support for the establishment of the International Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague as a first step.
Regarding the effectiveness of sanctions, Josep Borrell noted that Russian oil (Urals) sells for US $40 a barrel while Brent sells for US$80. “This means that the Russian oil is being sold at a discount of 50%, and it is being bought by mainly India and China,” said Borrell. “So, it is losing US$40 per barrel. It is a big hit on Russia’s financial stability.”
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Prime Minister meets Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to Georgia
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Ahmed Ebrahim Ahmed Taher Al Nuaimi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Georgia.The conversation at the introductory meeting covered the relations between the two countries and prospects of future cooperation.The Head of Government congratulated the diplomat on his appointment as Ambassador to Georgia and wished him success in his future endeavors.It was underlined that the Georgian Prime Minister’s visit to the United Arab Emirates was yet another step toward strengthening the friendship and partnership between the countries. The Prime Minister thanked the Ambassador for the UAE Government’s hospitality and warm reception during his visit to the United Arab Emirates.Emphasis was placed on the friendship and close partnership between the two countries. Commitment to furthering cooperation across a variety of areas was expressed.Press Service of the Government Administration
Tamar Shioshvili Center for American Studies is opened at IBSU
The Tamar Shioshvili Center for American Studies was opened at the International Black Sea University. US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan attended the opening ceremony.
The rector of the university, Dr. Saffet Bayraktutan mentioned the following at the opening of the center: "The English-language program of American Studies has been operating at IBSU for 20 years, which is headed by Professor Tamar Shioshvili. "It is the result of Mrs. Tamar's efforts, that today we have such an outstanding program at the university and have so many successful graduates and students. By opening the center, we are commemorating the 30th anniversary of US-Georgia diplomatic relations, and I hope that the cooperation with the strategic partner will continue successfully in the future".
US Ambassador Kelly Degnan thanked Tamar Shioshvili for the activities she has been conducting for years to popularize America in Georgia. The ambassador noted that the opening of the Center for American Studies and the discussion of American studies issues here help to deepen the friendship between the people of the two countries.
The Tamar Shioshvili Center for American Studies houses a library that has been filled with books donated to the American Studies program over the years. In the center, BA, MA and PhD programs students of American studies will work on their research topics and those researches will be reviewed by the Georgian and American professors of the field.
The International Black Sea University's American studies undergraduate program was opened in 2002, after Professor Tamar Shioshvili participated in the American studies curriculum design program forum in 2001, with the funding of the US State Department. The forum intended to get to know and study the specific, traditional and leading programs of American studies in the US universities of George Washington, Michigan, New Mexico, Penn State and Memphis.
In 2004, Tamar Shioshvili became the holder of a Fulbright grant from the US State Department and a researcher at the George Washington University's Department of American Studies. This gave her an opportunity to develop a bachelor's program and create an English-language master's program and in 2007, the only English-language American studies doctoral program was opened in Georgia.
The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates has handed over copies of his credentials to Alexander Khvtisiashvili
On 12 September 2022, the Ambassador-designate of the United Arab Emirates to Georgia, Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Taher Alnuaimi, presented copies of his credentials to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili.
The deputy minister congratulated the ambassador on the launch of his diplomatic mission in Georgia and wished him success in his future activities.
The sides discussed the issues on the agenda of the relations between the two countries. They noted with satisfaction that over the recent years the cooperation between the two countries has intensified in political, trade-economic, tourism and other fields. They also emphasized the importance of high-level visits planned for the future.
AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE ACCREDITED IN TURKMENISTAN
On December 7, 2022, on behalf of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh G. Mammedova received credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Turkmenistan (with residence in Tehran) Aliye Badara Kamara.
On behalf of the head of state, the head of the national parliament congratulated the guest on his appointment to a responsible diplomatic post, wishing him great success in the noble cause of strengthening the ties of friendship and fruitful cooperation between the two countries.
Thanking for the cordial welcome on the Turkmen land, the diplomat conveyed to President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the entire Turkmen people warm greetings and best wishes from the leadership of his country, expressing readiness to contribute in every possible way to strengthening bilateral cooperation.
During the conversation, the diplomat was informed in detail about the priorities of the foreign policy of independent neutral Turkmenistan, one of the most important aspects of which is the development of broad international cooperation, including with African states.
An interested exchange of views took place on the further development of inter-parliamentary cooperation, including on international platforms - within the framework of authoritative organizations and structures. The Ambassador was informed about the legislative activities of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Particular attention was also paid to interaction at the level of trade-economic and business relations, the activation of cultural and humanitarian contacts, the development of ties in the fields of science, education, sports and tourism.
In this regard, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Turkmenistan Aliye Badara Kamara expressed confidence in further building up constructive dialogue and good relations that fully meet the interests of the two countries and their friendly peoples.
In the first half of the day, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Turkmenistan (with residence in Tehran) Aliye Badara Kamara.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone presented copies of his credentials. Then the parties exchanged views on the development of friendly relations and political, trade, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.