Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia has handed to David Zalkaliani the congratulation letter of the Bulgarian Foreign MinisterWednesday, 01 August 2018 12:11
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held his first meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova. The Ambassador handed to David Zalkaliani the congratulation letter of the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.
The sides discussed the friendly relations and partnership between the two countries, including within the framework of international organizations. Special attention was paid to the need of exchanging high-level visits and activating sectoral co-operation.
Special mention was made of the potential of developing economic relations, especially in the areas of transport and energy. The sides exchanged views over the ongoing co-operation in the tourism sector and the importance of establishing direct flights that will bring closer the two countries and will encourage people-to-people contacts.
David Zalkaliani congratulated Bulgaria on the successful completion of the term of presidency of the EU Council and expressed his gratitude for the firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration path.
Discussing the situation in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, David Zalkaliani highlighted the importance of the partners’ consolidated support for Georgia on the tenth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.
For her part, Dessislava Ivanova reaffirmed Bulgaria’s firm support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and European and Euro-Atlantic integration. According to her, Bulgaria as a liaison embassy of NATO will endeavor to make its positive contribution to bringing Georgia closer to the Alliance.
At the end of the meeting, Dessislava Ivanova, on behalf of the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, invited David Zalkaliani to Sofia.
Upcoming visit of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia, bilateral relations and key aspects of European and Euro-Atlantic integration agenda of Georgia were predominantly discussed by Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia and H.E. Dr. Heike Renate Peitsch, Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Germany to Georgia at the Government Administration today.
Prime Minister noted that Government deems the upcoming official visit of H.E. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany as the most important event in developing the bilateral relations.
Head of the Government of Georgia stressed the most significant role of Germany in the institutional building of the country.
Focus was made on the trade and economic links, increasing investments from Germany to Georgia and significance of education in ensuring the sustainable economic growth and development.
Discussions were also related to the measures intended by the Government of Georgia for the facilitation of small and medium enterprises (SME), aimed at the job creation and poverty eradication. German diplomat praised the Environmental Vision of the Prime Minister of Georgia on Green Economy.
Head of the Government of Georgia and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany spoke about the upcoming presidential elections. Prime Minister noted that Government pledges to ensure the free, fair and transparent environment this time again in line with the high standards of democracy.
“Turkmenistan - is the heart of the Great Silk Road. XXI century global transport diplomacy initiated by Turkmenistan”
On December 31, 2018, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held the briefing entitled “Turkmenistan - is the heart of the Great Silk Road. XXI century global transport diplomacy initiated by Turkmenistan”.
The briefing was attended by the Head of media holding “Akhali Sakartvelo”, the honored journalist of Georgia, political scientist Mr. B.Nachkebia, Editor of a newspaper ”Resonance” Mr. A.Gvimradze, Editor of the international magazine “Geo Traveler” Mr. N.Iloshvili, General Director of “Georgian Business Week” Mr. V.Miroshnichenko, Director of the “News Day Georgia” news agency Mr. A.Otinashvili, Editor of a newspaper “Free Georgia” Ms. M.Muradova, and other representatives of Georgian media.
In his speech, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan in Georgia D.Muratov noted that building new roads and railways, seaports and bridges, Turkmenistan revives the Great Silk Road in the third millennium. He also stressed that 2018 is held under the motto “Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road”.
The participants were informed of the success of the Turkmenistan’s transport diplomacy. The Ambassador also underlined that unanimous adoption of the new UN resolution "Strengthening the links between all modes of transport to achieve the Sustainable Development goals" is another confirmation of growing authority of Turkmenistan in the world arena, dynamic character of the dialogue with the UN and high trust of the UN that sees Turkmenistan as a reliable and responsible partner.
Taking active position in consolidation of common efforts in this direction including in the UN and other competent international organizations’ format, neutral Turkmenistan initiates and successfully implements large infrastructural projects together with foreign partners making considerable input to the formation of combined transport infrastructure in regional and global scale.
At the end of the briefing, representatives of the Georgian media expressed their gratitude to the Embassy of Turkmenistan and personally to the Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Georgia D.Muratov for organizing and conducting the briefing and noted that initiating important proposals, including on the implementation of major projects in the transport and communication sphere, Turkmenistan makes its significant contribution to the formation of the architecture of the new geo-economic space.
Discussions focused on main aspects of Georgia-EU relations and plans for co-operation in the future. The sides positively appraised the progress Georgia has made in the process of European integration and the reforms implemented in the country. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili thanked Tomáš Pernický for the Czech government’s firm support for Georgia.
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister brought to the attention of the Czech Ambassador plans for the elaboration of a road map for European integration reaffirming the Georgian Government’s firm will to use all mechanisms of co-operation with the Government of Georgia, including the Association Agreement and "20 deliverables for 2020".
Highligting the importance of the fifth Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels, on 24 November and the declaration adopted there, the sides emphasized that 2018 will be an eventful year in terms of Georgia-EU and Georgia-NATO relations.
On closing, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili underlined the excellent relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic adding that 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a farewell meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Georgia, Mr. Jānis Zlamets, who has finished his term in Georgia.
At the meeting, the parties have discussed the importance of further enhancing economic and political cooperation between Georgia and Latvia. The conversation has also touched upon Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
President Margvelashvili has thanked Mr. Zlamets for his personal contribution to the development of Georgia-Latvian relations and wished success in his future endeavors.
Young people from the EU and Eastern Neighbourhood aged between 18 and 25 are invited to apply to become a ‘Young European Ambassador’ (YEA). Run by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project, the initiative targets active and enthusiastic young people who are fluent in English and are citizens of the EU or its six Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine).
Applicants should be interested in EU affairs and their country’s partnership with the EU. The successful candidates will engage in online and dialogue-driven activities and represent the youth of their countries. They will exchange experience, discuss matters of direct concern to young people, share best practices and work together for a better future for their countries and the region.
The deadline is 15 September. Further details on the eligibility criteria and application process can be found here.
The first wave of applications took place in September 2016, through which 100 young people were selected as YEAs from over 800 applications. Over the past year, these YEAs have actively participated in a series of activities, including two editions of the EuroSchool in Azerbaijan, visits to schools and universities in Armenia and the Republic of Moldova and a meet-up in Brussels where they had the chance to interact with high-level EU officials.
The 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative is part of the 'Young European Neighbours' (YEN) network created by the EU-funded ‘OPEN Neighbourhood - Communicating for a Stronger Partnership: Connecting with citizens across the Eastern Neighbourhood’ (‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’) project.
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Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Georgia, Ji Yanchi, at the meeting held at the Ministry, discussed the details of the Silk Road Forum to be hold in Tbilisi, on 28-29 November.
Preparation works and other organizational issued regarding the scheduled Tbilisi Silk Road Forum were the main topics of the conversation.
At the same time, Giorgi Gakharia summarized his visit to the People’s Republic of China, whose main purpose was the participation in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. During the visit to Beijing, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia signed the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and the People’s Republic of China. At the meeting with the Ambassador, it was once again noted that the Agreement will put the economic relations of the two countries on a new level and facilitate the deepening of the trade and economic relations between them.
Giorgi Gakharia, during the visit, had several significant meetings including the meeting with the Minister of Commerce of China, who confirmed the readiness of the Chinese side to support the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum.
Tbilisi Silk Road Forum will be held for the second time this year and it will be the logical prolongation continuation of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in China.
First Tbilisi Silk Road Forum was held in 2015 where more than thousand participants represented over 30 countries. Chinese delegation was composed of high-rank government officials and up to 300 representatives of large Chinese companies.
The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava hosted the future Ambassador of Georgia to South Korea, Otar Berdzenishvili. The parties discussed enhancement of Parliamentary relations, cooperation between Georgia and Korea and exchange of experience, as well as economic, political and educational relations. O. Berdzenishvili introduced the objectives of the mission and the action plan.
The parties spoke about importance of Friendship Group and the events related to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea. The meeting aimed at provision of maximal coordination between the Parliament and the diplomatic mission as the pre-condition of successful foreign policy.
The meeting was attended by the Head of Georgia-South Korea Friendship Group, Shota Khabareli and Committee members.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a farewell meeting with Abbas Talebifar, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Georgia.
The parties discussed the relations between Georgia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Special attention was paid to the remarkable growth of cooperation in such directions as economy, trade, agriculture, culture, and education. Georgia's tourism potential was emphasized, and the growing number of Iranian visitors to Georgia was commended.Ongoing regional processes were also discussed during the meeting. The Iranian Ambassador once again reiterated support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Prime Minister of Georgia thanked Abbas Talebifar for his contribution to the development of the relations between the two countries and wished him success in his future endeavors.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met today with Arad Benko, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to Georgia. The parties discussed core issues pertaining to the relations between the two countries and stressed the current dynamics of cooperation.
The two countries' close partnership in the political, trade and economic, cultural, and other fields over the past few years was also emphasized.
The Prime Minister of Georgia and the Austrian Ambassador expressed hope that the opening of the Austrian Embassy in Georgia will boost the relations between the countries, including deeper economic cooperation. The discussion also involved Georgia's investment environment. According to Arad Benko, Austrian businesspersons are taking growing interest in Georgia.
The parties discussed the importance of visa liberalization with the EU and success achieved on this path.
The Austrian Ambassador reiterated the strong support of the Republic of Austria for Georgia's aspirations, sovereignty and territorial integrity.