Georgia and the Kingdom of Spain are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia posted a tweet on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Spain. “As we share enduring bonds of friendship, may our ties grow stronger for the benefit of our nations!” – says the tweet of the Georgian MFA.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain publishes a statement regarding the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. According to the statement, the Spanish government is committed to further strengthening its relations with Georgia both in a bilateral format and within the European Union.
"The Spanish government supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and wishes the Georgian people peace, progress and prosperity" – reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the US Secretary of State discussed the organization of bilateral consultations
Head of Turkmenistan's MFA Rashid Meredov and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed holding bilateral virtual consultations on the sidelines of the C5+1 ministerial meeting, the website of the U.S. Department of State reports.
"We have a very good and effective mechanism of bilateral consultations – ABC*," Meredov said, stressing that the Turkmen side is determined to hold political consultations with the United States in the near future to discuss important issues of bilateral cooperation and the regional agenda.
In turn, Anthony Blinken noted that the USA is proud of the more than 30-year partnership that has been built with Turkmenistan, adding that the United States welcomes the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Turkmenistan.
The interlocutors also touched upon the topic of cooperation in the economy and the fight against climate change.
The ABC (Annual Bilateral Consultations) format is a tool for annual virtual discussions and consultations between high-ranking officials of Turkmenistan and the United States.
MEETING OF SHALVA PAPUASHVILI WITH THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE OF SPAIN
The Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili held a meeting with the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of the Kingdom of Spain; at the meeting, the Georgia-Spain close cooperation has been positively estimated.
The Speaker expressed his gratitude to Spain for supporting the territorial integrity and European aspirations of Georgia.
“We highly appreciate the assistance and support of Spain in terms of the facilitation of our territorial integrity and the non-recognition policy. The support of Spain is expressed not only in words but in deeds by participating in the EU Monitoring Mission”, - Speaker Papuashvili noted and dwelt on the progress of Georgia in compliance with the EU recommendations hoping that the Parliament will have fulfilled all the recommendations within the spring session.
According to the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Antonio Gutiérrez Limones, the Spanish Delegation is composed of members of various political groups, though all of them strongly support the EU candidacy for Georgia.
“When Spain assigns the EU presidency in the second half of 2023, it will serve as an additional trigger for granting the EU candidacy to Georgia, which is the will of the President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Spain as well. We recognize Georgia as a part of Europe”, - he stated.
The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, has met with the head of the delegation of the ICRC
On 15 February 2023, the First Deputy Minister, Lasha Darsalia met with the head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Georgia, Anne Montavon.
Discussions focused on issues of cooperation between Georgia and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The first deputy minister thanked the head of the delegation of the ICRC for the humanitarian efforts made by the organization in Georgia, especially for the support of the population living in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and people affected by the Russia-Georgia conflict.
At the meeting, attention was focused on the difficult situation in terms of humanitarian and human rights on the ground, and in this context, the role and importance of active involvement of international organizations was emphasized.
At the end of the meeting, the parties confirmed their readiness to continue close cooperation.
VAKHTANG GOMELAURI HOSTED THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR OF THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN
The Minister of the Interior of the Kingdom of Spain - Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gomez, together with the delegation, paid an official visit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
Within the framework of the visit, the Ministers of Internal Affairs of the two countries held an official meeting.
The parties discussed the importance of tight and effective cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of Georgia and the Kingdom of Spain. During the meeting, the role of police attaches was highlighted in the development of cooperation between the law enforcement bodies, lately conducted joint operations were further positively evaluated.
Vakhtang Gomelauri expressed hope that the issue of signing agreement on mutual recognition of driving licenses between the parties will successfully be completed in the nearest future. The Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia noted that as a result of the amendments implemented in the national legislation of Georgia, the Georgian driving licenses were harmonized with the EU standards.
During the meeting, the Ministers of Internal Affairs of the two countries signed a protocol between Georgia and the Kingdom of Spain on the implementation of the "Agreement between the European Union and Georgia on the readmission of persons residing without authorization”. The mentioned agreement will contribute to strengthening cooperation between Georgia and Spain in the field of fighting against illegal migration effectively.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister of the Interior of the Kingdom of Spain thanked Georgian colleague for the hospitality and expressed readiness to continue active collaboration with the Georgian side on priority issues for the law enforcement agencies of the two countries.
Teimuraz Janjalia has met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
On 18 October 2022, within the framework of his working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, the Georgian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teimuraz Janjalia held a bilateral meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister, Egidijus Meilūnas.
Discussing issues relating to bilateral relations during the meeting, the deputy ministers took stock of the busy agenda of high-level visits. The sides noted the positive dynamics of cooperation in the fields of economy, tourism, defence and security. Emphasizing the importance of the regular exchange of bilateral visits, Teimuraz Janjalia expressed the hope that Georgia’s political dialogue with the Lithuanian side will continue and further deepen.
The sides discussed the security challenges facing the region against the backdrop of Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine. The Lithuanian Deputy Minister was provided with detailed information about the current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, the progress in the Geneva International Discussions and the peace policy of the Georgian government. Teimuraz Janjalia emphasized the importance of Lithuania’s traditionally strong support for Georgia in the current difficult and changing environment.
Speaking about the European integration of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia informed his Lithuanian colleague about the country’s current progress in terms of fulfilling the obligations under the Association Agenda and the European Union’s twelve recommendations.
At the end of the meeting, the Lithuanian side once again confirmed its unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The deputy ministers agreed to continue close cooperation.
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