Juansher Burchuladze met with Ambassador Kelly Degnan
Minister of Defence of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze hosted Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia Kelly Degnan. The sides discussed the security environment in the region and the threats posed by Russia. MOD of Georgia announced it recently.
The sides focused on current issues and future plans for US-Georgia bilateral defence and security cooperation, including planned high-level visits and multinational military exercises.
During the visit of US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to Georgia, a multi-year initiative about strengthening Georgia's defence and deterrence policy signed between the two countries' defence ministries was one of the main topics of discussion.
It was underlined that the progress made as a result of the implementation of the Georgian Defence Readiness Program (GDRP) formed the basis of the agreement, which aims to further modernize and develop the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Forces and supports the country's resilience and capabilities within total defence. The US Defene Attaché, Colonel Stephanie Begley attended the meeting.
Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia
Fourteen years ago today, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia. As we have done since 2008, we remember those killed and injured by Russian forces. For decades, the citizens of Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have lived under Russian occupation and tens of thousands have been displaced, persecuted, and impoverished. Lives and livelihoods have been taken from them.
This year, Russia’s unprovoked further invasion of Ukraine underscores the need for the people of Georgia and Ukraine to stand together in solidarity. The people of Georgia know all too well how Russia’s aggressive actions, including disinformation, so-called “borderization,” and mass displacement cause untold hardships and destruction.
Russia must be accountable to the commitments it made under the 2008 ceasefire – withdrawing its forces to pre-conflict positions and allowing unfettered access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It also must reverse its recognition of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions. This is essential for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons to be able to return to their homes safely and with dignity.
We remain steadfast in our support for the people of Georgia as they seek to protect their sovereignty and territorial integrity and find a peaceful solution to the conflict.PRESS STATEMENT
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with China’s new Ambassador to Georgia, Zhou Qian
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with China’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, Zhou Qian.The Head of Government wished the newly appointed Ambassador success and expressed hope in continuous productive cooperation between Georgia and China.The meeting pointed out that China is among Georgia’s top five trade partners, with this year’s January-June trade turnover between the countries reaching 922 million USD. The conversation also revolved around Chinese investments, namely highlighting that Chinese FDAs exceed 695 million USD, a fact welcomed by Georgia.The meeting also focused on tourism, singling out direct flights between Georgia and China as a contributing factor behind a dynamic growth in tourist flows.The parties also expressed hope that the next annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation of Georgia and the People’s Republic of China will be held soon. The meeting also underscored the importance of maintaining the positive dynamic of high-level visits.The meeting also underlined that Georgia appreciates the support of the People’s Republic of China for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.The parties also focused on bolstering bilateral educational and scientific ties, with emphasis on the fact that this year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and China.Press Service of the Government Administration
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, has handed over copies of his credentials to the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of GeorgiaOn 11 July 2022, the Ambassador Designate of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia, Ali Kaan Orbai, presented copies of credentials to the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Lasha Darsalia.Lasha Darsalia congratulated the Ambassador on the launch of the diplomatic mission in Georgia and wished him success in his future activities.
Following the presentation of credentials ceremony, the sides held a bilateral meeting, during which the sides discussed the priorities on the agenda of Georgia-Turkey bilateral relations and outlined prospects for future cooperation.
The sides expressed the hope that the close cooperation and strategic partnership between Georgia and Turkey will further deepen. The Turkish ambassador once again confirmed Turkey's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the end of the meeting, the sides agreed on intensive cooperation in order to further activate Georgia-Turkey relations.MFA of the Georgia
THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS HOSTED US AMBASSADOR TO GEORGIA, KELLY DEGNAN AT THE MIA ACADEMY
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of US-Georgia diplomatic relations, Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The guests were hosted by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Giorgi Butkhuzi. The presentation of the infrastructural projects, which were implemented with the partnership and support of the USA, was held at the Academy.Ambassador Kelly Degnan and the representatives of the US embassy visited mock courtroom, cyber lab, mock border checkpoint, forensic tools, tactical training room and equipment.The US ambassador spoke about the importance of tactical training of law enforcement officers and the integration of international practices into the training process.Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Giorgi Butkhuzi expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador of the United States of America for US contribution to the Ministry’s capacity building over the years and close cooperation.At the end of the ceremony, the US Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan, handed over the Virtual Shooting Equipment (FATS) to the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.The US embassy in Georgia has been cooperating with the Ministry of Internal Affairs for many years on the matters of road safety, cyber security, domestic violence, trafficking, tactical training, enhancing the capacities of MIA Academy, juvenile crime prevention, etc.Source: police.ge
The American Friends of Georgia Club celebrated the national independence day of the USA with a festive reception
The party was organized at the Biltmore Hotel to celebrate the 246th anniversary of signing the Delcaration of Independence and the Independence Day of the USA. The official reception was attended by the members of legilsative and executive authorities of Georgia, the diplomatic corps, NGOs, representtaives of the busienss sector and media. President of the American Friends of Georgia Club Ilya Zukakishvili gave a welcome speech.
It is my pleasure to inform you that this year it is the 18th time that we are celebrating July 4th and we are proud that throughout these years we honor the independence day of the devoted friend and rigirous ally of Georgia together with the organizations supporting Georgian-American friednship.
I will not exaggerate to say that July 4th gives joy to not only American people but also those who wish to be friends of freedom. This implies the fact that this day is festive for all those people for whom democracy serves as the system of values.
Besides, I get convinced every time that the Independence Day of the USA is especially precious for Georgians as well. The environment created at the event is full of happy emotion and further draws supporters of Georgian-American friendship together.
This year is the anniversary of 30 years of establishing diplomatic relations between our countries. Throughout these years, American people have numerously proved strong friendship with Georgian people and today, in the most critical conditions for the world continue to give political support of our country.
Allow me to use this opportunity and note that the party organized on behalf of the Georgian people gave us the opportunity to send the message of rigorous friendship to the American people and express gratitude for many kind deeds for the Georgian state throughout three decades.
At the same time, July 4th is one of the best days for letting everyone see both inside and outside of the state what the attitude of the freedom loving Georgian nation is towards American people.
At the end, let me thank all those organizations and people who joined the initiative of celebrating the 246th anniversary of signing the declaration and at the same time support strengthening Georgian-American friendship.
Company PSP; Liberty Bank; Telavi Wine Cellar; Radisson Collection Hotel; Radisson Blu Iveria; Le Méridien Batumi; Hotel Ambassadori Goderdzi; Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi; Natali Group; Company “Prestige ICI Paris”; McCANN Tbilisi; Coca Cola bottlers Georgia; McDonald's Georgia; Company Sarajishvili; Company PL Naturals; American company KVG; Embassy of USA in Georgia; Company Vake; Company Energy; Information support of this year’s event is provided by TV companies Mtavari and Pirveli.
I would like to state a few words about severity of the Russian Federation which it continues to apply to the Ukrainean people. I consider that no matter where we are and what an important date we celebrate, we should express our support towards brave Ukrainean people. It is only through confirming this declared friednship in the offcial part of the Independence Day of the USA that we paid respect to people who died for independence with a minute of silence at the background of the Ukrainean anthem – stated Ilya Zukakishvili, president of the American Friends of Georgia Club.
On July 4, Ambassador Hotel was decorated with American accessories where a truly American environment was created. After the official part ended, visitors had the opportunity to listen to the repertoir of the enthic folk group “Shara”, enjoy most beautiful Georgian dances, take part in the 4th of July festive draw and taste the special delicious 4th of July cake.
The celebration ended with grandiose fireworks.
American Friends of Georgia Club
July 4, 2022. Tbilisi, Georgia