Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met H.E. Ruben Sadoyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Georgia today.
The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee and the Head of the Georgia-Austria Parliamentary Friendship Group, Anri Okhanashvili held a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria, H.E. Thomas Mühlmann to discuss the scheduled visit of the Austrian MPs to Georgia and the political processes in the country.
“We are hosting the members of the Austria-Georgia Parliamentary Friendship Group in September; it is the visit, underlining the close cooperation between Georgia and Austria and the intact political and general support of Austria to our country. I informed His Excellency about the activity of the working groups set up in the Parliament within the fulfillment of the 12-point plan and the issues discussed within the groups”, - A. Okhanashvili stated.
The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Nikoloz Samkharadze held an introductory meeting with the newly appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Zhou Qian.
According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia, the parties overviewed the bilateral relations and discussed the cooperation agenda. The emphasis was made on cooperation in the trade-economic, tourism and educational spheres.
N. Samkharadze informed the Ambassador about the grave situation in the occupied regions of Georgia, elucidated the impact of the Russian aggression in Ukraine on Georgia and overviewed the situation in the Black Sea region.
The parties touched upon the recent developments in Taiwan and affirmed the unwavering support to the territorial integrity of Georgia and China and loyalty to the fundamental principles of international law in this regard.
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKMENISTAN TO THE UN A.ATAEVA MET WITH L.THOMAS-GREENFIELD, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE USA TO THE UNFriday, 19 August 2022 12:35
On August 17, 2022, Ambassador A.Ataeva, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, met with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations at the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations.
During the meeting, a constructive exchange of views took place on the issues of the upcoming 77th session of the UN General Assembly such as priority areas of the two countries in the UN and UN reforms.
Ambassador of Turkmenistan, at the beginning of the meeting, thanked the United States for supporting the UN General Assembly resolution "Zone of Peace, Trust and Cooperation of Central Asia", especially noting the positive statement delivered by the US representative following the adoption of the resolution.
A.Ataeva talked in detail about Turkmenistan's priority positions at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, outlining initiatives in the field of peace and security, sustainable development, women parliamentarians, preventive diplomacy and transport.
During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on the reform of the UN, and the UN Security Council in particular. They agreed on the need for greater transparency in the work of the UN Security Council, as well as the reform of UN structures to avoid duplication of individual functions.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia, Kelly C. Degnan, visited Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. The Director of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Police Department, Davit Tamazashvili, together with the deputy directors hosted the U.S. Ambassador.
Ambassador Degnan: Well, it’s a beautiful day to be here at the Regional Hub, which is a wonderful example of the great partnership between the Peace Corps and the local communities here along the Administrative Boundary Line. There’s a long history here between Peace Corps and the communities here trying to help youth, to support entrepreneurs, and just to improve the quality of life here for the people living along the ABL. This is a really exciting time because we know how much Georgians have missed our Peace Corps volunteers. We’ve missed them a lot too, and we’re looking forward to them coming back very soon, not just here in the Mtskheta area, but throughout Georgia. So, today is a day for us to celebrate that wonderful partnership between Peace Corps volunteers and all they’ve done with their great partners here in the regional hub.
Question about a letter from former GD MPs about judicial reform
Ambassador Degnan: Let me start by saying that for decades we have been working with Georgia on judicial reform, and there has been some very important progress over the course of the last decade in particular, where we’ve seen some good reform efforts. Everyone knows that there is more work to be done there. That has never been an issue of debate, so it’s a little puzzling why there is such resistance now to doing the work that everybody has been saying for a long time: it needs to continue to improve Georgia’s judiciary, to make sure that it truly is independent, impartial, autonomous, and responsive to the public. In this case, it is baffling to me why there is a question about the kind of consultation that has been ongoing, not just with the United States, but with other legal experts, domestic and international, for decades on judicial reform. That consultative process has resulted in improvements in Georgia’s judiciary. There is more to be done, and that includes commitments that the Georgia’s political leaders across the political spectrum have already agreed to multiple times over multiple years: that these kinds of improvements still need to be made.
There are recommendations from the Venice Commission and ODIHR. These are international legal experts who provide this kind of advice globally to countries like Georgia and other countries as to how to improve their judicial system. Many of them have been fulfilled. Many of them have not. These are the same steps. These are the same reforms that Georgia’s political leaders have agreed to do, both in the April 19th agreement, after the April 19th agreement, and before the April 19th agreement. Some of these are now being discussed in the judicial working groups that Parliament is hosting, and that the opposition and civil society have also contributed to this group. Obviously, the United States has also helped Georgia for many years in building its democratic institutions. That includes a diverse Parliament that represents the Georgian public.
I’m not sure what this group (the quartet) represents. I’m not sure who they represent, and I’m not sure how different they are from the ruling party that they say they left. What I can say is that the accusations that they most recently made against the United States and others are reckless conspiracy theories that have no basis. In fact, it’s very important to keep in mind that the United States works with all political parties across the political spectrum. We meet with Georgians from across the political spectrum, and we have for over 30 years. This is how we know how we can better support Georgia in trying to help Georgia develop its democratic institutions, develop its economy, ensure that it is more secure and stable as a democracy. This is the work that we’ve been doing with our Georgian partners for over 30 years and what we will continue to do in the coming years. I would say that any accusations that we are responsible in any way for the polarization that exists here is an attempt to shift the blame from those who know they are responsible to Western partners, who have done nothing but tried to help Georgia for 30 years along its European path. That is all we have done. I can say from the two and a half years that I’ve been here. Almost every single day, I have worked to try and bring Georgia’s political leaders together to try and bridge the deep polarization that existed long before I got here. And I think it’s important for Georgians to remember, to look back three years, four years, and remember where this depolarization came from. Things like Gavrilov’s night, things like broken political promises and anti-democratic actions. That’s where this depolarization came from, not from Western partners, who again, have only been trying to help Georgia bridge this deep polarization so that the Parliament and other institutions can focus on what’s really important to Georgians: jobs, high prices, good education, better public health. That’s what Parliament needs to be focusing on, and now, in particular, the 12 recommendations that the European Commission has put forward, including pledges that Georgia’s political leaders have made before, and said they were going to do. This is the time to get that done. This is the time to really focus, in an inclusive manner, together, to put aside differences and focus on getting that candidate status.
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with China’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, Zhou Qian.
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 GeorgiaTuesday, 12 July 2022 13:08
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.
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.
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkey's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia.
The farewell meeting with the Ambassador discussed the good-neighborly relations between the two countries and ways to further their strategic partnership.
The conversation focused on the regional situation and the need to support peace and stability, with emphasis on peace and stability as the preconditions of the region's development and lasting prosperity. The parties also discussed Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili's Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative for the South Caucasus, pointing out that Georgia has always supported peaceful coexistence in the South Caucasus, remaining committed to promoting regional dialogue.
The meeting paid special attention to the economic cooperation between the two countries, underlining ongoing regional projects as clear demonstrations of the effective cooperation and reliable partnership between Georgia and Turkey.
The Head of Government thanked the Turkish Diplomat for her contribution to developing the strategic partnership between Turkey and Georgia, and wished her success in her future professional endeavors.
Press Service of the Government Administration