The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia started preparations for the elections as early as in April and sent invitations to all international observers - David Zalkaliani

Published in Politics
Thursday, 02 September 2021 11:53

According to the Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani, the local self-government elections scheduled for 2 October will be monitored by international observation missions.
 
The Vice Prime Minister said that the Georgian government started preparations for the elections as early as in April. Formal invitations were sent to all international observer missions, including the OSCE/ODIHR EOM, as well as to all international organizations and partner countries. "Two invitations were sent, one in April, before the election date was announced, and the other – immediately after the election date was officially announced" - Zalkaliani added.
 
According to him, the leaders of the OSCE/ODIHR EOM are in Tbilisi and a meeting with them has already been held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "We help them address all organizational matters and provide them with all conditions for normal functioning, including amid the pandemic. The experience we gained from the previous elections also helps us in this" said the Foreign Minister.
 
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM will assign 350 short-term observers to monitor the election process in Georgia,  “however, it is expected that the number of observers this time will be much higher than in previous elections, as the Foreign Ministry sent official invitations to the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe, NATO and OSCE, as well as to various international organizations” – said the Minister.
 
“We’ll do our utmost to ensure that international observers do their work safely and in normal conditions” – added the Minister.

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Lithuanian President arrives in Tbilisi

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Thursday, 10 June 2021 16:27

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda arrived in the Georgian capital Tbilisi with an official visit on Thursday. According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, Georgian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and representatives of the Presidential Administration welcomed the President at the Tbilisi International Airport.

Gitanas Nausėda will hold meetings with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Speaker of Parliament Kakha Kuchava and the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian arrives in Tbilisi

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Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:34

The President of the Republic of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, arrived today in the Georgian capital Tbilisi with an official visit.

Georgian presidential administration reports that Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani, Head of Presidential Administration Natia Sulava, and Georgian Ambassador to Armenia Giorgi Saganelidze welcomed Armenian President at the Tbilisi International Airport.

The official welcoming ceremony of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and his spouse Nune Sarkissian will be held at the Orbeliani Palace.

Georgian and Armenian Presidents will have face-to-face and expanded meetings and make a joint statement for the media. Georgian Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze will also meet the Armenian President.

Armen Sarkissian plans to tour the Armenian Cathedral within the framework of his official visit.

Georgian Foreign Minister: Situation in occupied territories significantly deteriorated, process of annexation and occupation continues

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:52

The situation in occupied territories significantly deteriorated, unfortunately, the actual process of annexation and occupation continues, – Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani answered questions of the members of the PACE after delivering a speech at the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg today.

“Installation of barbed wire fences and artificial barriers is in progress. Even when we speak now, the process is going on. I would like to recall the recent case of kidnapping and illegal detention of the doctor, who was visiting a patient on the occupation line, which was outrageous fact. The only instrument we have is consolidation of the international community, and that we are doing constantly, with your support, through different instruments and frameworks”, – Minister said.

According to the Georgian Foreign Minister, the pressure should be increased on the force exercising control over the occupied territories.

“The issue of access to the occupied territories is another important challenge that we also have to deal with on a daily basis. The recent case that took place in the Akhalgori district of the Tskhinvali region was the violation of the fundamental principles of international law – freedom of movement. We face this challenge in both occupied regions of Georgia – in Abkhazia and in Tskhinvali regions.  In Gali district of Abkhazia, ethnic Georgians are forced to abandon Georgian citizenship. They have no access to get an education in their native language, they are denied to get immediate medical treatment, they have no access to their agricultural lands, and this is happening in the twenty-first century, which is unacceptable. This should be discussed very carefully in all international formats. I’ve mentioned that only instrument is a constant raise of that issue and drawing the attention of the international community. We should not turn a blind eye on these illegal activities, otherwise, it will encourage the occupation force, the Russian Federation, to continue all these illegal activities”, – Davit Zalkaliani said.

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2020 Winter Session, the Assembly decided to hold an urgent debate on the theme “International obligations concerning the repatriation of children from war zones”, as well as a current affairs debate on “Recent developments in Libya and in the Middle East: what consequences for Europe?”. The Session opened this morning with the election of Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE) as the new PACE President.

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee of Ministers and the newly-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will address PACE and answer questions.

Debates on the agenda include a complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations, the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, and reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

Parliamentarians will also discuss threats to media freedom and journalists’ security, a report on “Democracy hacked? How to respond?” and the protection of freedom of religion in the workplace.

The Assembly will hold two joint debates – one on migrant trafficking and missing refugee and migrant children, and another on organ transplant tourism and trafficking in human tissues and cells.

A report on minimum standards for electoral systems and a report on the observation of elections in Belarus are also on the agenda.

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Georgian FM will deliver a speech at the Winter Session of PACE

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Monday, 27 January 2020 13:13

Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani will deliver a speech at the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg today.

Within the framework of Georgia’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Davit Zalkaliani will discuss Georgia’s activity report and presents the priorities of the Georgian Presidency. Georgian FM will also answer the questions from Assembly members.

On January 30, the Georgian Foreign Minister will attand the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna.

The President of Georgia will also leave for Strasbourg. On January 28, Salome Zurabishvili will address Assembly members and will speak about the ongoing developments in Georgia and the human rights situation in the occupied territories of Georgia.

At its winter session in Strasbourg (27-31 January 2020), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will elect its new President. Only one candidature has been received.

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee of Ministers and the newly-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will address PACE and answer questions.

German Chancellor starts official visit to Georgia

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:23

German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel plane has already landed at Tbilisi International Airport, where she will be greeted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaliani and Ambassador of Georgia to Germany Elguja Khokrishvili.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, President Giorgi Margvelashvili and oppositional representatives within the framework of her official visit to Georgia on August 23-24.

On August 24, German Chancellor will meet with representatives of Georgian oppositional parties and German soldiers who participated in 2018 Noble Partner military training.

The German delegation includes State Secretary Steffen Seibert, also the government spokesperson as well as head of the Press and Information Office, H.E. Heike Peitsch, Ambassador of Germany to Georgia, Jan Hecker, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor, Matthias Lüttenberg, Head of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and Southern Caucasus of the German Federal Chancellery and other officials.

 

Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister has met U.S. congressman Steve Russell

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 17:08

Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani held a meeting with U.S. congressman Steve Russell visiting Georgia. The sides discussed various aspects of close co-operation within the framework of Georgia-U.S. strategic partnership paying special attention to the great potential of bilateral relations, in particular, in such areas as trade, agriculture and education.
Davit Zalkaliani emphasised the particular importance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Georgia on 6 July 2016 and of the memorandum signed between Georgia and the U.S. in the area of security. Davit Zalkaliani thanked the U.S. Congressman for U.S. House of Representatives Resolution expressing support for Georgia’s territorial integrity.
Davit Zalkaliani provided Steve Russell with information on Georgia’s foreign policy priorities, democratic reforms ongoing in the country, the government’s actions towards the development of economy and pre-election environment in the country.
For his part, Congressman Russell reaffirmed the U.S. Government’s firm support for Georgia underlining the importance of Georgian troops’ participation in international missions.
 

r has met the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:58

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania met NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Tacan Ildem. Talking points included preparations for the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the issues on the Summit agenda in regard to Georgia and the opportunities of enhancing co-operation between NATO and Georgia in the sphere of public diplomacy and strategic communication.
On 28 June, in the frames of visit to Georgia, the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy took part in the ceremony of opening the Defence Institution Building School.
  

Davit Zalkaliani has participated in the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:40

The Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani delivered a speech at the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference held in Vienna, on 28 June 2016. At the working session dedicated to the conflict situations in the OSCE area, the First Deputy Foreign Minister spoke extensively about the human rights violations and the difficult security situation in Georgia’s occupied territories.
Davit Zalkaliani paid special attention to the murder of Giga Otkhozoria on 19 May, in the village of Khurcha - a territory controlled by the Government of Georgia.
The First Deputy Foreign Minister emphasised the importance of the Geneva International Discussions and the need to increase OSCE engagement in the peaceful resolution of the Georgian-Russian conflict.
At the special working session dedicated to Ukraine, Davit Zalkaliani reaffirmed Georgia’s strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.  

Davit Zalkaliani has met the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 17:38

Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani held a meeting with State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukáš Parízek, who arrived in Tbilisi as part of the Slovak President’s official visit to Georgia.
The sides expressed their satisfaction at the fruitful co-operation between the two countries in both bilateral and multilateral formats, as well as at the increasing number of bilateral high-level visits, emphasizing that President Andrej Kiska’s visit to Georgia is a further proof of the Slovak Government’s clear support for Georgia. Special attention was paid to the importance of deepening co-operation between the two countries. The sides agreed to hold next round of political consultations between the foreign ministries. Davit Zalkaliani thanked his Slovak colleague for the support rendered to Georgia within the Official Development Assistance of the Slovak Republic (ODA SR).
Discussions also focused on Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Davit Zalkaliani spoke about Georgia’s expectations with respect to the Warsaw NATO Summit, as well as about the importance of introducing visa free travel with the EU.  Lukáš Parízek reaffirmed the Slovak Government’s readiness to continue to support Georgia on its European and Euro-Atlantic integration path.
The sides also discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. Lukáš Parízek reaffirmed Slovakia’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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