D. Zalkaliani has spoken over the phone with the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, J. BayramovTuesday, 21 July 2020 15:58
Within the framework of his visit to Brussels, David Zalkaliani, held a meeting with the EU CommissionerThursday, 16 July 2020 13:05
Within the framework of his visit to Brussels, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, held a meeting with the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, Olivér Várhelyi.
The discussion touched upon cooperation within the format of the “Eastern Partnership Initiative”, including the framework of Ministerials for Foreign Ministers and meetings for the leaders of member states. Namely, the discussion took place regarding issues associated with the upcoming summit and future perspectives of the partnership beyond the year of 2020.
The parties, once again, exchanged opinions regarding the priorities and views of the Georgian side.
The Georgian party expressed gratitude towards the EU for the active support provided to Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic. In turn, the EU Commissioner gave a positive assessment of the steps taken on behalf of the Georgian Government in terms of preventing the spread of the virus.
The developments and general situation on the ground in the occupied territories was also discussed, condemning the illicit activity of the occupational forces, which only became more distinct during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns were expressed regarding the illicit detainment and arrest of the Georgian citizen on the 11th of July perpetrated by the occupational regime forces.
The role of the EU was underscored in terms of finding a peaceful resolution of the conflict, outlining the significance of the EUMM (EU monitoring mission) as a preventive force in the occupied regions on the ground, deescalating the situation via the means of the monitoring process.
At a briefing following the government meeting, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani spoke about three opportunities offered to Georgian citizens wishing to return home.
Charter flights, which will be operated by two airlines: Wizz Air and Myway. The government subsidizes these flights, and maximum ticket price will be 200 euros. The charter flights will gradually bring home Georgian citizens from Warsaw, Athens, Rome and Madrid.
The Ministry of Economy is negotiating resumption of flights with various airlines. It is already agreed that Lufthansa will carry out two weekly flights. Negotiations are underway with Air Baltic and Air France on resuming regular flights from August.
Georgian Airways will operate charter flights from Vienna, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.
“I want to assure our citizens wishing to prolong this process that repatriation flights may be extended up to August and September, and this will be determined based on the information and analysis we receive every day from our embassies to the EU Member States” – Zalkaliani said.
The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto paid a visit to Georgia, on 6 July. He was hosted by his Georgian colleague, David Zalkaliani. The sides discussed issues relating to bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Following the meeting, the two ministers made a joint statement. David Zalkaliani thanked his Hungarian counterpart for the solidarity demonstrated by him, personally, in the challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as for his visit, which is the first high-level visit to Georgia since the outbreak.
The Ministers took special note of the active and successful cooperation between Georgia and Hungary during the pandemic. The Hungarian Foreign Minister highlighted Georgia’s success in the fight against the virus. The ministers underlined the need to maintain a positive tendencies and to act carefully for the protection of public health.
“Georgia made considerable progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia has the lowest infection rate in Europe, and I want to congratulate you on this success. Hungary too is successful in dealing with the pandemic. To maintain this achievement, both countries need to take careful steps as human health is first and foremost. Today we discussed the possibilities of opening borders. We quite understand Georgia’s motive for extending travel restrictions. As successful countries in the fight against the pandemic, we both take careful steps. Many Hungarians keen to arrive in Georgia. We agreed to create a working group to regularly exchange relevant information” - Peter Szijjarto said.
The Ministers highlighted that Hungary openly and unequivocally supports Georgia at both bilateral and international forums.
“Hungary is the firm supporter of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. I can recall no such high-level conference or meeting where the Hungarian Foreign Minister has not expressed his clear support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Quite recently, at the NATO and EaP ministerial meetings, he again made very clear messages in support for Georgia” – David Zalkaliani said.
During their meeting the Ministers discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. David Zalkaliani brought to his colleague’s attention the difficult humanitarian situation on the ground.
Special note was taken of the successful education cooperation between the two countries. Today, as part of the Hungarian Minister’s visit to Georgia, Georgia and Hungary will sign a memorandum and an additional protocol on cooperation in the areas of culture and education, including in terms of granting scholarships to Georgian students.
The Ministers also spoke about the Hungarian airlines Wizz Air operating flights from the Kutaisi airport to Europe. According to the Hungarian Minister, Wizz Air successfully cooperates with Georgia and once the airline is fully up and running again, Georgia will be its priority destination. “An increasing number of Hungarians want to visit Georgia. Up to 7000 Hungarians arrived in Georgia over the past year. Due to the pandemic, however, Vizz Air reduced its flights not only to Georgia, but also to many other countries. Your government has always been supporting Vizz Air activities in Georgia. I am sure Vizz Air will reestablish its position in the world soon” - Peter Szijjarto noted.
David Zalkaliani added that Vizz Air is one of the important Hungarian companies in Georgia. “It plays an important role in advancing Georgia’s close ties with Europe” – he said.
During his visit Szijjarto will hold meetings with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, as well as the ministers of foreign affairs, economy, regional developments and education, as well as Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto will visit Georgia tomorrow, on 6 July.
During his visit Szijjarto will hold meetings with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, as well as the ministers of foreign affairs, economy, regional developments and education.
After the meeting with his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani, the two FMs will make a joint statement.
FM Szijjarto will also visit the Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II.
MFA press release
Georgian and Armenian Foreign Ministers have once again exchanged views on COVID-19 pandemic situationTuesday, 09 June 2020 16:03
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with his Armenian counterpart, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. The Armenian Minister expressed his gratitude for the Georgian government’s active communication with Armenia.
The two ministers exchanged information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak situation and on actions taken by the Georgian and Armenian governments to prevent its further spread.
On behalf of the Georgian Prime Minister, David Zalkaliani once again offered assistance to the Armenian side in the fight against the pandemic.
Speaking on behalf of the Armenian Prime Minister, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan expressed his appreciation regarding the offer. He said that he highly values the Georgian people’s support in these difficult times. The two ministers agreed to continue active communication, including through the active involvement of sectoral agencies.
Exchanging information on security issues, the parties underlined that regional and global security taken on an increasingly meaningful focus during the pandemic.
Conversations also included issues of cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats, including within the Eastern Partnership
Special note was taken of the special importance of Eastern Partnership for the countries involved in it. The Ministers said that they look forward to exchanging high-level visits once the pandemic is over. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan invited David Zalkaliani for a visit to Armenia.
The Georgian Foreign Minister has discussed with his Czech colleague issues relating to tourism cooperationFriday, 05 June 2020 10:31
Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with his Czech counterpart, Tomáš Petříček. Discussions focused on issues relating to COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
David Zalkaliani thanked his Czech colleague for the Czech Government’s solidarity and humanitarian assistance rendered to Georgia during the pandemic.
Special accent was put on prospects of restoring tourism cooperation between the two countries. According to Zalkaliani, Georgia will open up borders to foreign tourists as of 1 July, in accordance with WHO recommendations and through safe travel corridors.
The Czech Foreign Minister highly appraised the Georgian Government’s efforts and measures against COVID-19. He said that he supports safe tourism concept and looks forward to renewing tourism cooperation with Georgia.
David Zalkaliani thanked the Czech colleague for the Czech Republic’s firm support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for condemnation of the Russian Federation’s destructive activities continuing even amid the pandemic.
Tomáš Petříček reaffirmed that the Czech Republic remains committed to supporting Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
“The EU Foreign Affairs Council’s Conclusions on Eastern Partnership points to the strategic importance of the EaP to the EU, as well as to Georgia Europe integration aspirations” – David ZalkalianiMonday, 18 May 2020 13:36
“The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has adopted a very important document, which will serve as the basis for the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit. We have worked very intensively with our partners to ensure that all of our priorities are reflected in this document” - Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani said when assessing the Conclusions adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
According to him, the document includes important issues such as Georgia's European aspirations and European choices. The document also reiterates support for Georgia's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty, while the EU's involvement in conflict resolution is outlined as a priority. In the words of the Minister, the document also emphasizes the need to strengthen transport and energy ties, in which the Black Sea region plays an important role.
"Most importantly, the document says that the Eastern Partnership is of strategic importance to the European Union, and this gives us reason to say that the final declaration that will be adopted at the next Eastern Partnership Summit will be comprehensive and will cover all key areas important for us," Zalkaliani said.
The Council approved conclusions the on Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, reaffirming the strategic importance of the partnership for the EU, and the joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability.
David Zalkaliani, President of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, made the following statement to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War:
“Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe - the most devastating war in history, which claimed millions of lives and brought immense suffering.
“This day of commemoration and remembrance offers an opportunity for us to express our profound respect and admiration to all who gave their lives for humanity.
“We have to make sure that such atrocities do not take place again. The best way to achieve this is to adhere to international law and recommit ourselves to the universal principles we all embraced in the aftermath of the war.
“By commemorating this important anniversary, it is of utmost importance to reaffirm our commitment to a peaceful, secure and stable Europe, as it still faces conflicts and other serious challenges that require immediate cooperation and joint efforts.”
Statement of the President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, regarding the 71st anniversary of the Council of Europe
Today, the 5th of May, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Statute of the Council of Europe in London by ten countries.
This historic development represents the first attempt towards a united European action to promote peaceful coexistence, prevent conflicts and promote and protect the fundamental rights of all individuals in Europe, without exception.
The Council of Europe, with its 47 member States, has been instrumental in agreeing common standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law for over 7 decades. Let me underline the fundamental role of the European Convention on Human Rights, drafted seventy years ago in 1950, by the then newly founded Council of Europe, that enabled the setting-up of a unique human rights protection system, constituting the anchor of European co-operation. I hope that this new decade will bring us the same determination to defend human rights as that of the authors of the Convention 70 years ago. It should be recalled that more than 830 million people living in our common European space have an ultimate right of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
This important anniversary coincides with an unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our heartfelt sympathies go to those who have lost their loved ones, family members and friends. At this critical crossroads, we all have to be united and determined to do our utmost to overcome the current crisis.
After more than 7 decades of service to peace, democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights, the Council of Europe has contributed to number of significant achievements but there is still much more to accomplish. It is more urgent than ever to intensify our efforts to solidify respect for human rights in the years to come.”