The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has met with the Secretary General of the Council of EuropeMonday, 21 November 2022 11:27
As part of his visit to Strasbourg, on 16 November, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Lasha Darsalia, held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić.
According to the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, it is important to keep the issues related to the occupied regions of Georgia high on the agenda of the Council of Europe and thanked the Secretary General for preparing the 26th consolidated report, which provides the international community with information regarding the situation in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions occupied by Russia.
During the meeting, Lasha Darsalia provided the Secretary General with detailed information on the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied regions of Georgia.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe emphasized the importance of the practice of preparing a consolidated report.
The sides expressed close interest in exchanging high-level visits taking into account the existing environment in the region.
The sides once again underlined their commitment to close cooperation between Georgia and the Council of Europe.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Georgia
On 19 September 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili, held a meeting with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Georgia, Zhou Qian.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues on the agenda of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Special attention was paid to successful trade and economic cooperation between Georgia and the People's Republic of China. It was noted that China has become one of the main trade partners for Georgia in recent years.
Discussions focused on the importance of exchanging high-level visits between the two countries. The sides reviewed the possibility of taking appropriate steps in this direction and agreed on active cooperation.
The sides reaffirmed their unwavering and consistent support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other's countries.
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Lasha Darsalia has met with the personal representatives of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on promoting tolerance and combating discriminationWednesday, 14 September 2022 09:36
On 8 September 2022, Personal Representatives of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on promoting tolerance and combating discrimination: Rabbi Andrew Baker, Ambassador Ibrahim Haqi Musa and Associate Professor Dr. Regina Polak visited Georgia: The purpose of the visit is to assess the best practices and challenges of promoting tolerance and combating discrimination in the OSCE Member States.
On 13 September, the members of the delegation met with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lasha Darsalia. At the meeting, the sides discussed issues of close cooperation between Georgia and the OSCE.
Lasha Darsalia spoke about the policy of promoting peaceful coexistence and equal opportunities for Georgian citizens of different ethnic origin and religious beliefs. It was noted that Georgia pays great attention to creating equal opportunities in all areas, including in the education sector, providing quality education and information in the minority languages . The first deputy minister provided the representatives with detailed information about the grave situation and gross and systematic violations of human rights in the Russian-occupied territories of Georgia, and also highlighted the Georgian Government’s efforts towards de-occupation and peaceful resolution of the conflict.
The First Deputy Minister also spoke about the difficult situation in Georgia’s occupied territories in terms of freedom of religion and protection of cultural monuments. According to Lasha Darsalia, a parallel event is planned to be held in Warsaw, within the framework of the Human Dimension Implementation Conference, by the end of September.
Within the framework of the visit, the members of the delegation also held meetings with representatives of other Georgian state agencies, non-governmental sector and religious organizations. The OSCE representatives will prepare a report on the visit.
The sixth round of bilateral political consultations have been held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Arab Republic of EgyptMonday, 01 August 2022 14:12
On 28 July 2022, Tbilisi hosted the sixth round of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Arab Republic of Egypt. From the Georgian side, the consultations were led by the Deputy Minister, Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili, and from the Egyptian side – by the Deputy Minister on European Issues, Ihab Nasri.
The sides discussed the current issues on the cooperation agenda between Georgia and the Arab Republic of Egypt. They highlighted the necessity of deepening the existing cooperation in the political, trade-economic, investment, cultural, education and tourism areas. Special emphasis was put on the importance of exchanging high-level visits between the two countries, of improving the legal framework and cooperation within international organizations.
The sides reviewed current issues on the international agenda at the regional and global level, the ongoing processes in the Caucasus and Middle East regions, Russia's war in Ukraine. Talking points included the challenges facing the regions and the world as a whole and their impact on the security environment.
The Egyptian side was provided with information about the current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, the Geneva negotiations, and the gross violations of human rights and international legal agreements by Russia in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. The Egyptian side once again confirmed its unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.
The sides agreed to continue active cooperation in different directions.
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Successful conclusion of the intergovernmental negotiations on development cooperation between Georgia and Germany and agreement on important milestones for further cooperationTuesday, 09 November 2021 14:14
At the conclusion of the intergovernmental negotiations on 4 November 2021 in Tbilisi, the protocol was signed jointly by Deputy Minister Ekaterine Guntsadze and the German Head of Delegation Santiago Alonso-Rodriguez. With this, Germany commits to further support Georgia, especially in the areas of vocational training, promotion of the private sector, energy and energy efficiency, sustainable urban development and good governance, the embassy of Germany reports about it.
The very good cooperation between Germany and Georgia in development cooperation has already existed for almost 30 years. During this time, Germany has supported Georgia with a total of more than 1.3 billion euros in the area of financial cooperation alone.
Intergovernmental negotiations take place every two years between Germany and Georgia. Since the last negotiations in 2019, the total funding amounts to approximately 188 million euros. Of this, 53 million euros are only grant funds. In addition, there is regional cooperation amounting to almost 76 million euros in grants, from which Georgia benefits for the most part.
Particularly noteworthy is the funding in the area of vocational training. Here Germany is providing grant funds in an unusual amount of EUR 24 million for the construction of centres of excellence via the German government’s KfW. Germany is already financing the construction of a centre of excellence in Tbilisi in the field of construction and logistics. The other two centres of excellence are to be located in the wine and tourism sectors in particular and are to become flagships for dual vocational training. The support that the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been providing for many years in the field of wine and tourism and beyond is also to be put to good use through the centres.
Immediately after the government negotiations, further documents on financial cooperation were signed in a festive ceremony:
Thus, in the field of biodiversity and sustainable local development, an agreement on a grant amounting to 5.24 million euros was signed by Ambassador Hubert Knirsch and Finance Minister Lasha Khutsishvili. This will enable the implementation of a biodiversity conservation project worth around 24 million euros.
This green package is rounded off by very special funding for the entire South Caucasus region in the amount of 40 million euros in grant funds for nature conservation in the South Caucasus through the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF). Thanks to this funding, 12 existing protected areas are going to receive continued support in Georgia alone, and more will be added, as the establishment of up to five new protected areas is currently in the planning stage. A contract to this effect was signed last week by Ms. Birgit Holderied-Kreß, KfW's Head of Office, and Mr. Tobias Münchmeyer, Managing Director of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF).
In the central area of German-Georgian cooperation "energy", too, a more in-depth cooperation was agreed, building on the existing portfolio, with the elaboration of a pilot project in another innovative field: green hydrogen. With the signing of a memorandum of understanding between KfW and the Georgian Ministry of Economy, the path of a pilot project was taken into concrete planning. In addition, an agreement was signed to implement an energy efficiency programme in public school buildings.
The next intergovernmental negotiations will take place in Berlin in 2023.
The visit of the Deputy Minister of Health Radek Policar continued at the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health
The visit of the Deputy Minister of Health Radek Policar continued at the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health. The discussion with the Head of the NCDC Mr. Amiran Gamkrelidze focused on further strengthening of existing cooperation. Besides protective materials deliveries and rural doctors training in the beginning of the pandemic, Czechia assisted Georgia with creation of the online vaccination registration portal, which helps the Ministry of Health to prioritize age groups according to national vaccination plan and avoid disorganized queues of citizens. Both sides also discussed future development of the local oncology registry. As Czech Ambassador to Georgia Petr Mikyska reminded, “health sector is one of three priority sectors of the Czech Development Cooperation in Georgia and we will keep medical cooperation high on the agenda in the future as well”.
Vakhtang Makharoblishvili has met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Michaela Marksová TominováTuesday, 20 April 2021 16:06
The sides discussed the traditionally friendly relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic. Discussions also focused on issues on the agenda of bilateral cooperation. Special accent was put on the Czech Government’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration course.
Special attention was paid to the projects implemented by the Czech Development Agency in Georgia. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili welcomed the Czech Republic’s active contribution to the sectoral development in Georgia. The First Deputy Foreign Minister put high value on the Czech Republic’s practical assistance in the fight against the pandemic and elimination of its results.
Michaela Marksová Tominová shared with his Georgian colleague the Czech side’s decision to expel 18 Russian embassy staff over the Russian special services’ involvement in the ammunition depot explosion. The First Deputy Foreign Minister expressed Georgia’s solidarity with the Czech Republic in this regard.
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic will visit the Georgian regions, Zugdidi screening centre, Rukhi and Batumi hospitals which are equipped with Czech support. Cooperation memorandums will be signed with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
ONLINE MEETING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF “THE VISEGRAD GROUP – CENTRAL ASIA” HAD BEEN HELD
On April 15, 2021, the meeting of the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of “The Visegrad Group – Central Asia” had been held in videoconferencing format. The Turkmen delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hadjiev.
The meeting was also attended by the deputy heads of the external affairs agencies of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
During the meeting the diplomats discussed economic and social consequences of the pandemic COVID-19 for the countries of Central Asia, as well as the implementation of the EC Strategy for Central Asia. The review of promising and mutually acceptable areas of cooperation of the countries of Visegrad Group and Central Asia took place.
In this context, industrial sector, transport, trade and cultural-humanitarian cooperation were mentioned as potentially possible spheres of interaction of the Turkmen side within the framework of the dialogue “Visegrad Group+CA”. It was also specially underlined that creation and opportunities of international transport corridors could become a separate sphere of cooperation between the countries of this format.
In his speech V.Hadjiev noted that Turkmenistan being the responsible member of the world community, from the very beginning of the threat of the spread of COVID-19, has established close working contacts with the UN, its specialized institutions and agencies, primarily with WHO. The country advocated widespread use the mechanisms of science in combating the pandemic and its consequences. In this regard, vaccines against coronavirus infection of Russian and other foreign manufacturers were registered in the country and the process of mass vaccination of the population began.
V.Hadjiev stated that Turkmenistan consider as its priorities the expansion of political-diplomatic interaction, fight against common threats, cooperation in the field of energy, transport, trade and investments, environment and water resources, justice and law supremacy, as well as investments in youth and education.
Ensuring lasting stability and security in Central Asia is highlighted as the key factor and necessity of collective actions of all the states and international organizations for the effective combating the challenges and threats of our time, such as international terrorism, extremism, illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons and funds, as well as the cybercrime. The need to strengthen contacts in the field of information security was emphasized.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia held online meeting with the representatives of international organisations accredited to Georgia, and international non-governmental organisations operating throughout the country. The representatives of various state agencies of Georgia were also engaged in the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to consolidate the efforts in addressing the challenges stemming from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The sides reviewed the situation in entire Georgia, and exchanged the views on how to address the needs of vulnerable parts of the population, particularly the conflict-affected people.
Lasha Darsalia thanked the international partners for their valuable support in the time of global pandemic, and expressed readiness for further strengthening the cooperation.
DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND GEORGIA IN THE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR
On April 9, 2020, a telecast was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, teachers and students of the Institute of International Relations, as well as leaders and representatives of the Turkmen Logistics Association, government agencies “Türkmendemirýollary”, “Türkmenawtoulaglary”, Türkmenhowaýollary, Türkmendeňizderýaýollary”.
From the Georgian side the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia A. Sagirashvili took part via video link, as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Turkmenistan M. Murdzhikneli participated to the meeting.
According to the participants of this event, the transport sector is one of the key vectors of bilateral cooperation between Turkmenistan and Georgia. This interaction is based on the coincidence of the positions of the parties on the creation of transport and transit corridors between Asia and Europe.
Also the parties discussed the existing and planned transport corridors, the possibilities of delivering goods to European ports, the work done to date and the prospects for cooperation between Turkmenistan and Georgia.