22 февраля 2021 года состоялась встреча Министра иностранных дел Туркменистана Рашида Мередова с руководителем партии Национального исламского движения Афганистана маршалом Абдул Рашидом Дустумом, прибывшим в Ашхабад с рабочим визитом.
В ходе конструктивных бесед состоялся обмен мнениями по повестке дня эффективного туркмено-афганского взаимодействия. Подчеркнуто активное развитие двусторонних связей в целях всесторонней реализации достигнутых на высшем уровне договорённостей между Туркменистаном и Афганистаном.
Глава партии НИДА особо подчеркнул усилия руководства Туркменистана по укреплению мира и безопасности в соседней братской стране, а также по интеграции Афганистана и ее народа в стабильное русло экономического развития.
В данном контексте высоко оценены инициативы Президента Туркменистана, направленные на интенсификацию и развитие эффективного регионального взаимодействия с активным привлечением афганской стороны.
Стороны выразили приверженность сложению совместных усилий в деле скорейшей имплементации энергетических, коммуникационных, транспортных и других проектов. В данном контексте выражен обоюдный интерес своевременной и эффективной реализации перспективного проекта газопровода ТАПИ, линии электропередач ТОП, а также новых маршрутов железных дорог из Туркменистана в Афганистан.
В рамках беседы стороны особо отметили значимость реализации Туркменистаном крупномасштабных инфраструктурных проектов, направленных на дальнейшее социально-экономическое развитие Афганистана и региона в целом. Как известно, данные проекты нацелены на создание экономически эффективных рабочих мест, и вместе с этим на стимулирование роста благополучия населения вдоль реализации мегапроектов.
Туркменская сторона еще подтвердила готовность продолжать активный диалог в целях продвижения мирных межафганских переговоров, а также предоставить свое политическое пространство для проведения его следующих раундов.
В ходе переговоров стороны сошлись во мнении о необходимости дальнейшего усиления и совершенствования механизмов для достижения мира, устойчивого развития, стабильности и безопасности в регионе целом.
On February 22, 2021, the meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum who arrived in Ashkhabad on a working visit.
During the constructive talks the sides exchanged views on the agenda of the effective Turkmen-afghan interaction. It was underlined the active development of bilateral ties with the aim of all-round implementation of the agreements reached on high level between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The Leader of the NIMP of Afghanistan especially underlined the efforts of Turkmenistan’s Leadership aimed at strengthening peace and security in the neighbor fraternal country as well as the integration of Afghanistan and its people into the stable channel of economic development.
In this context the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan directed to the intensification and development of effective regional interaction with active involvement of the afghan side were highly appreciated.
The parties expressed adherence to the addition of joint efforts in rapid implementation of energy, communications, transport and other projects. In this regard it was expressed mutual interest to the timely and effective realization of the perspective project of TAPI gas pipeline, of the TAP transmission line and new routes of the railroad from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.
During the negotiations the sides highlighted the significance of the realization by Turkmenistan of large-scale infrastructure projects directed to the further development of Afghanistan and the whole region. As is known, the given projects are aimed at creation of cost-effective jobs as well as stimulating the growth of well-being of the population living along the implementation of megaprojects.
The Turkmen side confirmed once again its readiness to continue active dialogue aimed at advancement of peace inter-afghan negotiations, as well as to provide its political space for any of their future rounds.
In the course of the talks the patties agreed that it is necessary to strengthen and enhance the mechanisms of achieving peace, sustainable development, stability and security in the region as a whole.
At the joint sitting, the Human Rights and Civil Integration, the Legal Issues, the Defense and Security, and the Procedural Issues and Rules Committees discussed the vote of confidence for the Cabinet of Ministers.
At the sitting, the Committees heard the candidates for the Ministers, Juansher Burchuladze, Gocha Lortkipanidze, Tea Akhvlediani and Vakhtang Gomelauri.
The candidate for the Defense Minister, J. Burchuladze reported about the reforms and NATO inter-operability programs, defense capacity of the country and military cooperation with the partner states.
He stressed two documents developed by the Ministry – the 10-year plan of development of the defense capacity, and the 4-year plan of defense strategic overview. Speaking about the plans, he dwelt on the importance of local military production and modernization of the aviation park. “Modernization of the air forces is a very important direction which will result in completely restored and rehabilitated airpark. At this stage, defense forces have already received the French air surveillance radars, mobile command point and “Mistal-3” rackets. We also actively implement the agreement signed with the largest Israeli military industry envisaging the modernization of air defense systems”.
He dwelt on the NATO inter-operability program and security of the country noting that Georgia is ready to take final steps for accession to the EU and NATO and end Russian aggression in the country. “I am glad and honored to enjoy the opportunity to contribute in this process and make it irreversible”.
The candidate for the Justice Minister, G. Lortkipanidze congratulated the attendees on the 100th jubilee of the Constitution and informed MPs about the Ministry priorities and activity. He dwelt on the enforcement of the ECHR decision and informed the Committees about the bills developed by the Ministry.
As of the plans, he stressed the construction of the Public Service Halls and Public Centers for simplification and accessibility to public services.
The candidate for the State Minister, T. Akhvlediani introduced the part of the Governmental program based on the peacekeeping initiative and stability. She stressed the gross human rights violations in the occupied regions, humanitarian and social crisis and importance of the peaceful resolution of the challenges. “We set as the priority to enhance the non-recognition policy at the international theatre, full de-occupation and human-oriented reconciliation and engagement policy envisaging the approximation of conflict-divided societies, facilitation of restoration of dialogue and creation of dignified conditions for these people”.
The candidate for the Interior Minister, Vakhtang Gomelauri reported on the reforms, engagement of the Ministry in countering the pandemic, and types and statistics of the registered crimes.
He stressed the importance of the reforms and mentioned reforming of the criminal policy and updated armament for the police, qualification of the personnel, stricter drug policy etc. “Within the reform of the criminal police, we have set up the Main Office for Juveniles in Tbilisi Police Department to respond to the administrative offenses and crimes committed by the juveniles in the Capital. The Ministry keeps the creation of the environment adjusted to the juveniles, updating the armament of the police personnel and implementing the stricter drug policy. In 2020, 71 drug dealers have been punished by criminal responsibility for the sale of the drugs. The key challenge in this direction was the internet sale of drugs, which is an increasing tendency in the world. In response, we have set up the specialized division in the Central Criminal Police Department”.
He dwelt on the patrol and border police, rescue service, and new services by Service Agency.
The candidates answered the questions concerning their spheres of activity.
After the report, the Committees approved the vote of confidence.
The European Union and the WHO Regional Office for Europe will work together in a major effort to support the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in Georgia. The project funded by the European Union and implemented by WHO will cover all phases - constituting “end-to-end” support - of COVID-19 vaccine deployment and vaccination and will also serve as a major investment to strengthen the routine immunization system.
The project will be implemented by WHO over a three-year period as part of a €40 million European Union-funded initiative to support six countries in the WHO European Region in preparing for, deploying and monitoring rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia said:
“As part of our joint efforts to stop COVID-19, a proper and efficient vaccination campaign is key. The EU continues to stand by Georgia during the pandemic and is proud today to launch a new initiative with our close partner WHO. This initiative will support the complex vaccination rollout so that vaccines, when they arrive, are efficiently utilized and reach those that need them most.”
Silviu Domente, WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in Georgia, said:
“Vaccines offer hope and protection to those fighting on the frontlines of this pandemic and to those at highest risk living in fear of its devastating impact. Thanks to this generous support, WHO can strengthen its collaboration with the Government of Georgia to ensure that vaccines can reach those who need them most, as soon and as efficiently as possible.”
The funds will be used initially to support the first phase of preparedness and deployment, with an emphasis on imminent needs in strategic programmatic areas such as planning, equipment/supplies, training of health workers and information campaigns.
The project builds on the European Union’s and WHO’s ongoing support to countries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the joint €35 million EU Solidarity for Health Initiative, aimed to support the partner countries in their fight against the virus and address better the needs of the most vulnerable people.
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The Parliament hosted the 100th jubilee of the first Constitution of Georgia.
The Speaker, Archil Talakvadze and the descendant of the great public figure, 10-years-old Ekvtime Takaishvili opened the Museum of Georgian Parliamentarism named after Ekvtime Takaishvili.
The Museum includes four halls exposing the central, “Hall of Glory” and various eras. The exhibits include documents reflecting the history of Parliamentarism since 1919 stored in the archives and depositories of Georgia and other countries.
The visitors will enjoy the exposition about the “Chamber” from King Tamar’s era considered as the very first attempt of the establishment of Parliamentarism in Georgia.
As Givi Mikanadze stated, the Civic Engagement Center is to be established in the Parliament within the Open Governance program allowing the citizens to get informed about the Parliament. The idea of the Museum has been born in the preceding Parliament and was developed by the Working Group composed of the representatives of the Archive of the Interior Ministry, Central Archive of Justice Ministry, National Library, Council of Heraldry, and Ministry of Culture.
“The Center will be open for the tourists, pupils, students and every person concerned. It will inform the visitors about the development of the history of Parliamentarism in Georgia for 100 years”, - he stated.
The Museum allocates the documents reflecting the Soviet repressions, as well as various materials evidencing the activity of the Parliament of Georgia since 1990, and the photo material reflecting close cooperation of the Parliament with the international organizations.
The Museum is equipped with modern technologies and is to host a wide range of visitors, including the school children and students. It has a hall where the visitors will watch the 30-minute documentary.
As the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mariam Lashkhi noted, it is not accidental that the Museum is named after Ekvtime Takaishvili. “Ekvtime Takaishvili has contributed truly invaluable merit in maintenance and preservation of our treasures. The heritage of Georgian Parliamentarism is based on the heritage preserved by Ekvtime Takaishvili along with the members of the Constituent Council for our democracy. I hope we will keep this heritage in a dignified manner”, - she stated.
The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Georgia, Speaker of the Parliament, Majority Leader, Chairs of the Factions, MPs, candidate for the Prime Minister, Chair of the Constitutional Court, Chairs of the Governments and Supreme Councils of Autonomous Republics, and the descendants of Ekvtime Takaishvili.