Ilia Darchiashvili appointed new Foreign Minister
Ilia Darchiashvili, the former Head of the Government Administration, has been appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced on Monday.
Darchiashvili replaced David Zalkaliani who has been appointed Georgia’s Ambassador to the United States.
Ilia Darchiashvili served as Georgia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Poland, and as Ambassador-at-Large before that. He has years of experience in diplomatic work.
At different times, Ilia Darchiashvili served as First Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Executive Director of the Municipal Development Fund, while previously having been engaged in the private sector. Ilia Darchiashvili is a graduate of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University and a holder of a master’s degree in business administration from Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France.
MEETING AT THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STANDARDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION (ILO)
On November 14, 2022, in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, a meeting was held between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vepa Hajyiev and the delegation of the International Labor Organization (ILO) headed by the Director of the Department of Labor Standards, Ms. Korin Varga.
During the course of the meeting, it was noted that Turkmenistan, being a member of the ILO, is committed in its policy to creating conditions for decent work and social justice for all.
The parties discussed the accession of Turkmenistan to international conventions and multilateral agreements, including international documents of the ILO. It was emphasized that Turkmenistan has ratified all the Fundamental Conventions, 2 of the 4 Guiding Conventions and 1 technical convention.
V.Hajyiev said that work in this direction is progressing. Thus, on April 19, 2022, Turkmenistan ratified the Act on Amendments to the ILO Constitution of June 24, 1986. Currently, the Government is studying the issue of joining another Guiding Convention - this is Convention No. 81 on Labor Inspection in Industry and Trade.
Regarding the request of the ILO to organize visits to the velayats of Turkmenistan by a mission of high-level ILO experts, the readiness of the Turkmen side to organize study visits and meetings with the leadership of the region and relevant local authorities was confirmed.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili meets Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Jan Lipavský, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, the current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.At the meeting, Irakli Garibashvili pointed out that the visit by the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic to Georgia during the Presidency of the EU Council underlines the firm support of the Czech Republic for Georgia’s priorities. In this context, emphasis was placed on the importance of the Czech Republic’s support in the process of European integration.The conversation touched on Georgia’s considerable progress on the path to European integration. Irakli Garibashvili briefed the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic on the dynamic of implementation of the EU’s recommendations.The conversation at the meeting also revolved around the First Summit of the EU-initiated European Political Community held in Prague. It was noted that numerous important and interesting discussions were held within the scope of the summit, with their participating leaders considering effective ways to solve existing challenges.The discussed issues also included the regional and global security environments. Focus was made on Georgia’s key strategic location. The Prime Minister emphasized that Georgia can play a significant role in the diversification of transport routes and in terms of ensuring Europe’s energy supply.It was underscored that Georgia is the EU’s reliable partner and ally in the region.The meeting was attended by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Martin Dvořák, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Georgia, Petr Mikyska, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Czech Republic, Mariam Rakviashvili, and the Head of the Government Administration, Revaz Javelidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has met with the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, met with the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh. At the meeting, the sides discussed the growing dynamics of bilateral relations.
Discussions between the Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of the Emirates focused on the so-called mechanisms for effective implementation of the agreements reached at the meeting held on 31 October. In this context, the Ministers emphasized the importance of outlining concrete steps, which will lead to an improved cooperation between the two countries.
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Ilia Darchiashvili has met with the chairmen of the foreign relations committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
On 21 October 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili held a meeting with the chairmen of the foreign relations committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Marko Mihkelson, Rihards Kols and Laima Andrikienė.
The Minister welcomed the joint visit of the chairmen of the foreign relations committees of the parliaments of the Baltic countries, which is given additional importance in the light of today's challenges.
The sides focused special attention on the need to further activate a political dialogue and maintain close communication.
The Minister emphasized the irreversibility of Georgia’s European integration reforms. Special Emphasis was placed on the progress in the implementation of EU recommendations and future plans.
In the context of Euro-Atlantic integration, discussions focused on the NATO summit scheduled for next year in Vilnius. Ilia Darchiashvili emphasized Georgia’s progress in terms of NATO integration. Special note was taken of Georgia's expectations regarding the summit and the importance of the Baltic countries' support.
The sides discussed the current security situation in the region. Special emphasis was placed on the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, the importance of the Geneva International Discussions and the peace policy of the Georgian government.
Georgia remains high on the agenda of the executive and legislative authorities of the United States – Ilia Darchiashvili
"Georgia plays an increasingly important role in the formation of the European security architecture of the U.S. One of the clear proofs of this is the unequivocal support, which the new U.S. national security strategy expresses for the European integration of Georgia " - the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ilia Darchiashvili is quoted as saying during the "Minister's Hour".
According to the minister, the strategic partnership between Georgia and the U.S. moved to an even higher level in 2022, which marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. According to Darchiashvili, the deepening of strategic partnership is evidenced by a number of important visits to Georgia of high-level representatives of the executive branch of the U.S. government.
In his speech, the minister welcomed the growing dynamics of cooperation between the two countries and focused special attention on the strengthening of U.S. support at the legislative level. According to him, the bipartisan bill " Georgia Support Act" approved by the House of Representatives, as well as the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations bills and the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) once again confirm that Georgia remains high on the agenda of both the executive and legislative authorities of the United States of America.
Ilia Darchiashvili also spoke about the importance of the U.S. support for the development, security, economic and military advancement of the Black Sea region. According to him, against the background of the ongoing developments in the region, the Black Sea countries, including Georgia, take on a particularly meaningful importance in terms of the national security interests of the United States.
According to Darchiashvili, Georgia remains a strong and reliable ally of the U.S. The political, practical and financial assistance provided by the United States to Georgia, including in defense and security, trade and investment and other key areas, is tangible and visible. "Our goal is to further deepen the strategic partnership between Georgia and the United States in all priority areas as provided for by the Charter onStrategic Partnership," the Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted.