Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration, and the special friendship and partnership between the two countries, were the key issues discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.
Held as part of the Prime Minister's visit to Davos, the meeting underlined the close partnership between the two countries and Estonia's considerable support for Georgian institutions' alignment with European standards.
Irakli Garibashvili thanked Alar Karis for firmly supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. In response, Alar Karis reassured the Head of Georgian Government of Estonia's unwavering support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
In discussing Georgia's progress toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Irakli Garibashvili emphasized that Georgia completed the European Commission's self-assessment questionnaire ahead of schedule, and now is anticipating the European Commission's relevant decision, while counting on Estonia's firm support on the path to European integration.
The conversation also touched on the importance of Georgia's integration into NATO.
The meeting underlined the successful partnership between the two countries in the areas of innovations, digital technologies, and education, also in the field of defense. The parties emphasized the importance of deeper economic cooperation and the need to tap into the full potential in this regard.
The conversation also involved the ongoing military action in Ukraine. Irakli Garibashvili reaffirmed Georgia's solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
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Ilia Darchiashvili has held a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of EstoniaFriday, 29 April 2022 14:29
On 28 April 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili had his first telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Eva-Maria Liimets.
The Estonian Minister congratulated his Georgian counterpart on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and wished him success in his future endeavors.
Discussing issues on the bilateral agenda, the Ministers underlining the long-standing friendly relations between Georgia and Estonia and the importance of further deepening the political dialogue.
Particular attention was paid to Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration agenda. Focusing on Georgia's application for EU membership, Ilia Darchiashvili spoke about the steps taken by the Georgian government to coordinate the process of completing the EU Self- Assessment Questionnaire. The Minister stressed the importance of partners’ strong support for the implementation of Georgia's priorities, as well as the need to take into account the common interests of the associated trio countries on the path to European integration. Eva-Maria Liimets reaffirmed Estonia's unwavering support for Georgia on its path to EU integration.
The Ministers reviewed the regional security environment resulting from the ongoing war in Ukraine, and exchanged information on the two countries' political and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and their involvement in international efforts.
The Ministers expressed their readiness to continue intensive cooperation and conduct high-level bilateral visits.
MFA of Georgia
The Prime Minister of Georgia will pay a state visit to Estonia in the nearest future. The details of the upcoming visit were discussed during today's meeting between Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Estonia's Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. The parties discussed Georgia's European and Euro-European integration and Estonia's strong support in this process. According to Sven Mikser, Estonia will continue supporting Georgia's European integration during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, with strengthening cooperation between the EU and its partners in Eastern Europe as one of its key priorities. The parties also spoke of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit this year.
The discussion also involved the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and villages along the occupation lines, with the Estonian Foreign Minister personally visiting the village of Khurvaleti earlier today. Sven Mikser reaffirmed Estonia's unwavering support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Special emphasis during the meeting was placed on the successfully developing Georgia-Estonia bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields. The Prime Minister introduced the Georgian Government's four-point reform agenda. Giorgi Kvirikashvili welcomes sharing Estonia's experience in a number of directions, including e-governance and tax administration reform.
The parties commended the growing trade dynamics and emphasized the need to further enhance the economic ties between the two countries.
The Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Mr. Sven Mikser. The Speaker thanked the guest for support of territorial integrity and sovereignty and for EU and NATO aspiration of Georgia. Mr. Mikser noted that Estonia will further be a friend and partner of Georgia. Estonia holds preparations to preside EU and being the EU presiding state, it will prioritize EaP format, including Georgia. The parties noted that this year, Estonia and Georgia celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations.
As the Speaker stated, Georgian Parliament will strive to contribute significant mite in proper celebration of this event to further enhance bilateral relations. The parties recalled the visit of the Speaker of Estonian Parliament within the visit of the Speakers of the Parliaments of NB8 in March and noted that Georgia will host the high level Delegation of Estonia within NATO PA format.
The Speaker spoke about ongoing processes and underlined the fact that Georgian Parliament adopted the Resolution on Main Directions of Foreign Policy, providing the strategic priorities of the country, including EU and NATO membership, which is the will of the Government and the Georgian people. He stated that enhancement of the political and public will is to be ensured with the respective record to the Constitution.
At that, Mr. Kobakhidze introduced the activity of the State Constitutional Commission. The changes to the Constitution aim at provision of long-term democratic development and stability of the country.
President Margvelashvili Congratulates President Kersti Kaljulaid on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of EstoniaFriday, 24 February 2017 15:12
The President of Georgia congratulates his Estonian counterpart, H.E. Mrs. Kersti Kaljulaid, on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia:
Allow me to extend to You my cordial greetings and most sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia.
I am delighted to observe the growing dynamics of cooperation and further advancement of bilateral ties between Georgia and the Republic of Estonia. Our countries are bound by long-standing friendship and strategic partnership based on shared values, mutual trust and respect. I remain confident that we will continue to build even stronger relations and intensify dialogue in every format for the mutual benefit of our two nations.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to extend my gratitude once again for Your unwavering support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as our European and Euro-Atlantic aspiration.
Your Excellency, please accept the assurances of my highest consideration along with my best wishes for peace and prosperity to the friendly Estonian people”, - is stated in the official congratulatory letter of the President of Georgia.
On Friday and Saturday (8-9 July 2016), the leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet for a landmark Warsaw Summit. Together, they will take decisions to enhance the Alliance’s security by strengthening its deterrence and defence, and projecting stability beyond its borders.
Allies will agree to deploy four robust and multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. A multinational framework brigade in Romania will provide a tailored presence in south-eastern Europe. NATO will also take further steps to improve cyber defences, civil preparedness and to defend against ballistic missile attack from outside the Euro-Atlantic area.
To project stability beyond our borders, leaders will agree to extend NATO’s training mission in Iraq and to broaden the Alliance’s role in the central Mediterranean. They will also approve the deployment of NATO’s AWACS surveillance aircraft to support the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. NATO will continue its military and financial support for Afghanistan and will strengthen political and practical cooperation with Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
Since NATO’s last summit in Wales in 2014, Allies have implemented the biggest increase in collective defence since the Cold War. Last year, Allies also increased defence spending for the first time in many years. Today, NATO is faster, stronger and more ready for any challenge. The decisions taken at the Warsaw Summit will help to ensure the safety of our citizens for years to come.
There have been 27 previous summits. The first one was in December 1957. The last one was in Wales in September 2014. This Summit is the first to be hosted in Poland and the first to be chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Fifty-eight official delegations will participate in the Summit. This includes all 28 NATO Allies, Montenegro - whose accession to NATO is currently in the ratification process, 26 partner countries and representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. About 2,500 official delegates and 2,000 media representatives will attend.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Allied leaders, meeting in Warsaw on Friday and Saturday (9 July), will take key decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s defence and deterrence and project stability beyond NATO’s borders.
Since the Alliance's last summit in September 2014 in Wales, NATO has implemented the biggest reinforcement of its collective defence since the Cold War. “We delivered a faster, a stronger, and a more ready Alliance”, Mr Stoltenberg told a press conference at NATO headquarters on Monday (4 July). “We now need to take the next steps. So at our Summit in Warsaw, we will agree to further enhance our military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.”
The Secretary General said that Allied leaders will agree to deploy four robust, multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Further efforts to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence include a tailored presence in the south-east, based on a multinational brigade in Romania and steps to improve cyber-defence, civil preparedness and the ability to defend against ballistic missile attacks.
Mr Stoltenberg also said that after years of declining defence budgets, NATO estimates show that defence spending by European Allies and Canada is expected to rise by 3 percent – or 8 billion US Dollars – this year. The Secretary General welcomed the rise in defence spending but urged Allies to keep up the momentum.
Turning to the Middle East, the Secretary General said Alliance leaders will this week approve the deployment of NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft to support the Global Coalition to counter ISIL. He also said he expected NATO to agree on a new training and capacity building effort in Iraq and a role for NATO in the Central Mediterranean to complement the European Union’s Operation Sophia.
Mr Stoltenberg said preparations for holding another meeting of the NATO-Russia Council shortly after the Warsaw Summit are ongoing. "We remain open to dialogue with Russia. The NATO-Russia Council has an important role to play as a forum for dialogue and information exchange, to reduce tensions and increase predictability," Stoltenberg said. He stressed that transparency and risk reduction should be on the agenda.
The Secretary General further underscored NATO’s continued support for Afghanistan, including a continuation of the Resolute Support mission into 2017 and continued funding of the Afghan forces until 2020. He also outlined efforts to strengthen NATO’s close cooperation with Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
The issue of Georgia and Ukraine visa free regime will be granted at EU Ministerial by Estonian side. According to the Foreign Minister of Estonia, Marina Kaljurand, she will discuss this issue soon. This statement was made by her in the frames of meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.
As Foreign Minister of Estonia said, the west will decide to prolong sanctions against Russia.
The representatives of local governance of Georgia from across the country, including the Ajara autonomous republic left for a working visit to Republic of Estonia. The visit was organized by the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership in cooperation with the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
The delegates visited different local authorities of the country and held meetings with with the Pärnu region governor, Kalev Kaljuste, the Läänemaa region governor Neeme Suur, the Director of the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership, Marge Mardisalu-Kahar and with the Chairman of the Estonian Union of Local Authorities, Kurmet Müürsepp. During the visit, the participants visited the largest in the EU milk processing farm, waste management center, water management station and the e-Estonia showroom.
During the meetings, the Estonian side shared the experience on the European integration processes and ongoing reforms. The attention was stressed on the issues of the local government, agriculture, regional development and infrastructure. The delegations discussed the importance of the awareness and involvement of the population in the processes of the European integration.
The final meeting was hosted by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia Ms. Tea Akhvlediani.