Georgian diaspora can make a valuable contribution to establishing strong ties with Europe - Ilia Darchiashvili
On 12 August 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) hosted the awarding ceremony for the winners of the Diaspora Grant Competition.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ilia Darchiashvili, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimer Konstantinidi, the First Vice Speaker of the Parliament, Giorgi Volski, the Chairman of the Diaspora and Caucasus Affairs Committee of the Parliament, Beka Odisharia and the Head of the ICMPD office in Georgia, Zurab Korghanashvili spoke before the attending audience.
Ilia Darchiashvili thanked the winners of the grant competition for their interesting ideas and initiatives. According to him, grant programmes aimed at supporting the diaspora are getting increasingly popular.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs implemented three grant programs: “Be a Young Ambassador of Your Country”, “Supporting the Diaspora Initiatives”, and “Supporting the Georgian Folk Dance and Song Ensembles Abroad”. During the coronavirus pandemic and the post-crisis period, the main goal of the grant programmes was to solve the problems faced by the emigrants. At the subsequent stage, however, the focus of the grant programmes was shifted to the role of the Georgian diaspora in the context of Georgia’s European future.
The Foreign Minister thanked all Diaspora representatives involved in the 2022 grant programmes for their interest and participation and highlighted that the Georgian government will continue to maintain close ties with the Georgian diaspora abroad and, through the implementation of projects developed by the State, will support its active role in Georgia’s European integration process.
Ilia Darchiashvili has met with the Deputy Secretary General/Political Director of the European External Action Service
On 24 January 2023, a meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Deputy Secretary General/Political Director of European External Action Service, Enrique Mora. He visited Tbilisi on 25 January as part of the Georgia-EU high-level strategic dialogue on security issues.
Discussions focused on current issues and priority areas of the Georgia-EU cooperation agenda. The sides highlighted the historic decision of the 2022 European Council to recognize Georgia's European perspective, which formally opened the country's path to EU membership. Special attention was paid to the importance of strengthening the Black Sea connectivity between Georgia and the European Union and the role of Georgia in strengthening the energy security of the European Union.
At the meeting, special attention was paid to the security challenges and the risks, which, taking into account the current geopolitical background, are an acute problem in the region. The European Union once again emphasized its strong support for the territorial integrity of Georgia within the internationally recognized borders and its readiness to continue its active involvement, including the functioning of the monitoring mission, which is the only international mechanism on the ground. The parties also emphasized the importance of continuing joint efforts, which will contribute to the process of Georgia's accession to the European Union and ensure the strengthening of peace and stability in the region.
MEETING OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF IRAN
On January 9, 2023, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran for Economic Diplomacy Mahdi Safari in the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.
A wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres was discussed at the meeting.
The parties noted the importance of meetings at the highest and high levels in expanding bilateral friendly relations.
During the negotiations, the importance of the activities of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Iranian commission for economic cooperation was emphasized. The agenda also included issues of developing cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, building up transport and transit potential.
The diplomats paid attention to the upcoming joint events and meetings scheduled for this year.
At the end of the meeting, the sides reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the further course of strengthening the Turkmen-Iranian partnership, based on the age-old principles of friendship, good neighborliness and mutual respect.
The annual meeting of heads of diplomatic missions of Georgia abroad "Conference of Ambassadors 2022" continues in a working format
Ilia Darchiashvili: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make a special contribution to the achievement of the common goal, which is called a better future of Georgia."
The annual meeting of heads of Georgian diplomatic missions abroad "Conference of Ambassadors 2022" continues in a working format. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Ministers met the Georgian ambassadors abroad.
Along with the foreign policy achievements of the current year, the participants of the ambassadorial meeting also discussed the action plans for the next year. The conversation touched upon the challenges facing Georgian diplomacy and such topical issues of Georgia's foreign policy as: achieving the territorial integrity of Georgia through peaceful means; European and Euro-Atlantic integration; The role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the economic development of Georgia; cultural diplomacy; relations with diaspora; cooperation with international organizations; bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relations; Administrative, organizational and consular issues.
"The main priority of our government is to protect the national interests of the country. Georgia's interests are first of all - this is the main issue of our agenda, around which we are all working together", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili during his speech at the "Ambassadors' Conference 2022".
At the conference, special attention was paid to the importance of European and Euro-Atlantic integration and Georgia's achievements in this process. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs noted, joining the European Union is the cornerstone of Georgia's foreign policy. According to him, Georgia's application for EU membership is based on Georgia’s successful path in this direction, namely: ambitious reforms carried out by the government in a number of areas, tangible results achieved in the implementation of the Association Agreement, visa-free regime with the European Union and other achievements.
The participants of the conference discussed the steps taken in 2022 towards joining NATO. Both the practical and political significance of the approval of a set of “tailored support” measures for Georgia. Discussions at the conference also focused on the issue relating to the peaceful restoration of territorial integrity and de-occupation. Special note was taken of the importance of consolidating international efforts in the process of strengthening the peace and reconciliation policy for the restoration of territorial integrity.
Speaking about the security challenges and the importance of establishing long-term peace in the region, the conference participants also discussed the Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative launched by the Prime Minister, the purpose of which, along with the development of a dialogue between the two neighboring countries, is to strengthen and outline the role of Georgia.
The annual meeting of heads of diplomatic missions of Georgia abroad - "Ambassadors' Conference 2022" - is held from 26 to 28 December.
MEETING OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NIPPON EXPORT AND INVESTMENT INSURANCE (NEXI)
On December 21, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov met with the Executive Director of the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) Atsuo Kuroda, which provides insurance coverage for financing joint economic projects implemented by the Japanese and Turkmen sides.
During the meeting, the parties considered issues of partnership in the investment field and discussed new opportunities for cooperation, including the activities of NEXI to attract various financial institutions to finance projects in Turkmenistan.
The parties reaffirmed their mutual readiness to develop, diversify and expand bilateral relations.
Ilia Darchiashvili has met with the French ambassadorOn 19 December 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ilia Darchiashvili, held his first meeting with the Ambassador of the French Republic to Georgia, Sheraz Gasri. The Minister congratulated the French diplomat on the start of her diplomatic mission in Georgia and wished her successful work.
The sides noted with satisfaction the partnership relations and fruitful cooperation established between the two countries. Discussions focused on the political dialogue between Georgia and France, the dynamics of high-level bilateral visits and the future agenda. The sides emphasized the importance of the Dimitri Amilakhvari Georgian-French dialogue, which includes a wide range of political, defense, internal security, trade-economic, cultural and educational relations and reflects the close ties between the two countries. The sides confirmed their readiness to hold the second round of dialogue in the near future.
Ilia Darchiashvili thanked the ambassador for France's support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the non-recognition policy. Within the framework of the meeting, discussions focused on the issues of Georgia's integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures. The sides noted the progress achieved by Georgia on the road to European integration, the implementation of the 12-point plan and the importance of obtaining the status of a candidate country were noted. The French ambassador expressed her readiness to contribute to the further deepening of Georgian-French relations. She emphasized that France will remain an unwavering supporter of Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity, European and Euro-Atlantic integration. At the end of the meeting, the sides confirmed their commitment to further strengthen the existing strategic cooperation between Georgia and France.