Today, on January 26, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Turkmenistan Qian Naicheng, during which the diplomats discussed the results of the online summit "Central Asia - China", held on January 25 this year.
In this regard, the parties considered specific issues related to the implementation of the agreements and initiatives of the Heads of State, announced during the above-mentioned Forum.
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Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
On January 22, 2022, a meeting took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Turkmenistan Qian Naicheng.
During the talk the parties, having expressed satisfaction on the current pace of development of bilateral partnership on a broad range, highlighted that this year Turkmen-Chinese diplomatic relations entered the jubilee stage.
Within the framework of the meeting the issues connected to the forthcoming events on the highest level with the participation of the heads of states were discussed, particularly, the “China – Central Asian states” summit and the opening of XXIV Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
D. Zalkaliani has met with the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, K. Degnan
The Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, Kelly Degnan, on 29 December, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The sides exchanged views over the security environment in the region, the latest developments around Ukraine and Russia’s aggressive rhetoric and actions to hinder Georgia’s and Ukraine’s NATO integration process. Underlining the inadmissibility of any third party making statements to revise the Bucharest Summit decisions, as well as of any attempt to impact this process, the sides referred to Russia’s occupation and annexation of the neighbouring countries’ territories and the failure to comply with its international obligations as the major challenge currently threatening the European security architecture.
The Foreign Minister reaffirmed that European and Euro-Atlantic integration is the Georgian People’s firm choice and that Georgia will continue to use all available formats to the maximum extent possible to accelerate the process. Zalkaliani thanked the U.S. Government for its support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic course and for its practical and political assistance in this regard.
The sides further agreed that, given the Russian Federation’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric, it is important that Georgia and the U.S. remain in very close coordination and take concerted steps.
Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The Emergency Operation Center training is just another example of the kind of training that the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been doing for years to help build Georgia’s capacity, to counter weapons of mass destruction threats, and other kinds of emergencies in Georgia and the region. The U.S. has been working with different Georgian agencies to help strengthen Georgia’s border security, its emergency response, and its disease surveillance capability to keep Georgians safe. We are very proud to continue this robust relationship between the United States and Georgia in strengthening Georgia’s security and its democratic progress.
US Embassy in Georgia
The U.S. Congressmen call on the United States Trade Representative for strengthening bilateral trade and investment ties with Georgia
In their letter to the United States Trade Representative, the U.S. Congressmen called on Ambassador Katherine Tai for strengthening bilateral trade and investment ties with Georgia.
“Georgia is a critical ally of the United States. As an evolving democracy, Georgia must make important political and economic reforms which will increase stability in the Caucasus region, and the prospect of enhanced trade relations with the United States could catalyze those reforms” – reads the letter.
The Letter highlights the strategic geographical location of Georgia that makes it an ideal partner in an area of the world that is experiencing increasing tensions and instability.
According to the Congressmen, The United States and Georgia have a strong foundation on which to deepen trade relations, including the U.S.-Georgia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, a High-level Trade Dialogue, a Bilateral Investment Treaty. Georgia has also been recognized by the European Union as a high-value trade partner and conduit to energy security, evidenced by the development of an Association Agreement and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the European Union and Georgia.
Based on the letter, greater economic engagement with the United States at the appropriate time could further propel Georgia’s market reforms and pro-investment policies and give American goods and services a greater foothold in South Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey and Eastern Europe. Of particular importance, in this light, is free trade with the key partner. “At present, the United States does not have any free trade agreements in the region. Enhanced trade discussions could also pave the way for greater economic relationships between the United States and Georgia that would send a powerful signal that American values of democracy and market-based rules are alive and well in an area rife with oppression and state-driven authoritarian government systems.
The Congressmen also pay special attention to Georgia-U.S. strong partnership; Georgia’s significant contribution to the U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq; Georgia’s leading role in supporting U.S. values and priorities in the South Caucasus and beyond.
The is signed by the members of congress: Carol D. Miller, Adam Kinzinger, Steve Womack, John Rose, Jimmy Gomez, Gerald E. Connolly, Dan Crenshaw Alex X. Mooney.
On 11-12 October, Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia travelled to Kakheti to highlight the EU’s support to the region. He visited various sites in Kvareli, Telavi and Pankisi valley, and met with diverse groups of people. The visit focused on energy efficiency, support for businesses, and outreach to Georgia’s youth.
As a first stop, Ambassador Hartzell visited Kvareli Lake Resort, which has been renovated and refurnished according to EU standards in energy efficiency, health and safety within the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. The Resort spreads over 300 hectares of natural landscape in Kvareli. The support of the European Union and EBRD helped the company gain full compliance with Georgian regulation and with the applicable EU Directives.
The visit continued with EuroClub Kvareli, where Ambassador Hartzell opened the Club’s second anniversary event. EuroClub Kvareli was established within the EU’s Young European Ambassadors initiative in November 2019. Its main goal is to promote education and development among young people in Kvareli, and to provide access to non-formal education. Over the past two years, EuroClub Kvareli reached 1200 people through 100 activities, like film clubs, English lessons and other events.
On the same day, Ambassador Hartzell visited two other companies, which had received support through the EU4Business EBRD Credit Line. The winery and distillery Askaneli Brothers exports products internationally, including to EU countries like Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, and Poland, making full use of the DCFTA. Thanks to the EU’s and EBRD’s support, the company invested in state-of-the-art production facilities and equipment, improved food safety management, as well as energy efficiency, waste management and health safety, making both products and the workplace safer for people.
The first day concluded in the Holiday Inn in Telavi, which has been made more energy efficient through the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. Besides a substantial loan, the company also received technical support from a team of international experts, helping the hotel upgrade its business practices as well as energy use.
In the morning of the second day, Ambassador Carl Hartzell visited Ikalto village in Telavi municipality and officially opened a local Kindergarten, which has been renovated and thermo-rehabilitated within an EU-funded project, implemented by Energy Efficiency Centre Georgia. Thanks to biomass energy technology created from vineyard waste products, the kindergarten will now be fully heated in winter, while also saving 60% of electricity costs. The opening event took take place within the EU’s ongoing campaign on energy efficiency “Doing More with Less”(link is external).
Ambassador Hartzell then visited the Learning and Employment Support Center in Telavi, observed entrepreneurial skills training and met with local youth. The Center is part of the EU’s Skills4Jobs programme and run by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) in partnership with the Young Pedagogues’ Union and Georgian Civil Development Association. Through the project, young people in Kakheti, Guria and Kvemo Kartli can increase their potential through formal and informal education. Up until now, 6 Learning and Employment Support Centres have been established in Georgia, including the one in Telavi. To date, over 1,000 job seekers have received support.
The visit continued in Pankisi valley, where the Ambassador opened a workshop for teachers on media literacy, organised and conducted by the Communications Commission with support from the European Union. Part of the audience were teachers from Pankisi, who had travelled to Brussels on a study trip a few years ago. The workshop is part of a longer training programme, designed to help teachers fight disinformation and teach students how to read and evaluate media.
Finally, Ambassador Hartzell met with the Women’s Council of Pankisi and the Local Action Group Akhmeta (LAG), which has been established within the EU’s ENPARD programme. The Women’s Council includes 15 local women of Pankisi Gorge and assists local women in resolving disputes, provides them with access to legal and social aid, and works on women’s rights. Over the past three years, the Akhmeta LAG has helped the Pankisi community through a variety of local development initiatives, including direct support to the Women’s Council.
On 13 October 2021, the newly appointed Hungarian Ambassador to Georgia, Anna Maria Sikó presented copies of her credentials to the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, David Zalkaliani.
The Minister congratulated the Hungarian diplomat on her appointment as Ambassador and wished her success in her future activities in Georgia.
Discussions focused on the traditionally friendly relations between Georgia and Hungary. The sides noted with satisfaction the close cooperation between the two countries, intensive dynamics of bilateral visits, as well as successful sectoral cooperation. The sides highlighted the potential for further deepening relations in the fields of trade, economy, tourism, agriculture and education.
The sides focused on Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Enlisting Georgia's priorities in this regard, the Minister spoke in detail about the situation in the occupied regions of Georgia and the importance of further consolidation of partner support.
For his part, the Ambassador reaffirmed that Hungary will continue to actively support Georgia's priorities.
Intl. Trade in Services Fair: Georgia Ambassador to China: Steadfast support for Belt and Road Initiative (VIDEO)
The China International Fair for Trade in Services is underway in Beijing. President Xi Jinping says the Belt and Road Initiative will bring more growth for all nations along the route. CGTN's Sun Ye speaks to Georgia's Ambassador to China, Dr. Archil Kalandia, who shared how his country has benefited from the Belt and Road Initiative and how it's investing more.
Speech by H.E. Mrs. Dessislava Ivanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia
Speech by H.E. Mrs. Dessislava Ivanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia on the occasion of 24th of May - Day of the Holy Brothers St. Cyril and St. Methodius, the Bulgarian Alphabet, Education and Culture and the Slavic Literature
"Each year on 24th of May the Republic of Bulgaria and Bulgarians around the world celebrate the Day of the Holy Brothers St. Cyril andSt. Methodius, the Bulgarian Alphabet, Education and Culture and the Slavic Literature. That’s the official name of the Day. For all us Bulgarians, but this is shortly the Day of Our Letters.
This day has been celebrated in Bulgaria for nearly 160 years now making it the longest celebrated holiday in the country’s late history, cherished almost as a Second National Day.
24th of May is a Day that has no analogue in the rich pantheon of the Bulgarian festive calendar. For us Bulgarians it is the Day of our letters. The day on which all first grade students declare and celebrate the fact of their literacy. This is the professional day of all teachers, professors at Universities, of all people engaged in culture and education, of all of us that have ever been part of the school system! This means – literally everybody.
This is the day of the Bulgarian literature, enlightenment and culture. It is an occasion to celebrate the unbreakable Bulgarian strive towards spiritual rising, cultural achievements and knowledge.
With the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007, Cyrillic alphabet – the alphabet that we celebrate today, became the third official script of the European Union, following Latin and Greek.
This is the script, created at the end of the IX century in the Bulgarian Medieval State, through which nowadays around 250 million people in the world express themselves. And we could only be proud and happy - as the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Literature Ivan Vazov said - that we were in a position to share this cultural treasure with the rest of the world.
In mid IX century the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius created in then Moravia the first Slavic alphabet – the so called Glagolitic alphabet, whose letters were based on the three holy elements of Christianity - cross, triangle, and circle, and started translating in it the main Christian Orthodox scripts in order to spread the influence of Christianity. The letters, created by St. Cyril and St. Methodius, their translations of the liturgical books, their fight to protect the rights of all nations to do honor of God in their own languages have a historical significance for the mankind.
Subsequently, towards the end of IX century - after the death of Cyril and Methodius, acting under the auspice of the Bulgarian King and in the territory of the then Medieval Bulgarian State, the Glagolitic alphabet, created by the Holy Brothers, was modified by their renowned disciples – later known as St. Kliment of Ohrid and St. Naum of Preslav. This second Slavonic alphabet, that is still in use - was called Cyrillic in honor of the great teacher.
Coming into existence in the First Bulgarian Kingdom, the new script became during the centuries the basis of alphabets used in various languages, especially those of Orthodox Slavic origin, but not only.
All Bulgarians consider the life and work of the Holy Brothers and their disciples humanistic, democratic and part of the general human idea for equality in the spiritual field.
24th of May has a profound significance for the Bulgarian national development and the prosperity of the Bulgarian nation, as well as to the re-awakening of the Bulgarian self-awareness during our Renaissance and National Revival in XVIII-XIX century".
Happy 24th of May to all of us!
On April 19, 2021, at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, a ceremony was held to present the WIPO Director General, Mr. Darren Tang, of the Instrument of Accession to the Patent Law Treaty (2000), signed by the President of Turkmenistan.
During the ceremony, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Office at Geneva A.Khaljanov noted Turkmenistan's commitment to constructive dialogue with authoritative international organizations, in particular with WIPO.
Expressing gratitude to the Turkmen side for acceding to the international legal documents of WIPO, Director General D. Tang welcomed the joint work of the Government of Turkmenistan with the Organization to develop a new "Program for the development of the intellectual property system in Turkmenistan for 2021-2025".