Ali Kaan Orbay has been appointed Turkiye's new ambassador to Georgia, Report informs, citing the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Prior to his appointment, Ali Kaan Orbay served as First Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Austria. He replaced Fatma Ceren Yazgan in the new position.
Fatma Ceren Yazgan had been Turkiye's ambassador to Georgia since 2017.
Global Journalism Council (GJC) hosted leading journalists from Georgian media in Istanbul and Ankara in partnership with Turkiye’s Tbilisi Embassy and Yunus Emre Institute. The visit took place between 23-27 February 2022
During the first part of their visit, Georgian members of press visited touristic places such as Hagia Sophia Mosque, Blue Mosque, Press Museum and Grand Bazaar, Bookstores and other popular destinations. Georgian journalists were accompanied by their GJC member Turkish colleagues.
Mehmet Ali Dim, President of the Global Journalism Council said, “Georgia is our neighboring state, but also a friendly country. It is a country that has very close social, cultural and economic relations with Turkiye, but unfortunately our media members have not in close contacts. By organizing this important trip, with the support of our Ambassador in Georgia Fatma Ceren Yazgan, GJC conducted an important public diplomacy project. We invited a delegation of 10 important high level members of media from Georgia. It was a good program not only from traveling perspective, but also from the point of professional cooperation, solidarity and socialization.”
The visit of Georgian colleagues started with a visit to a private TV network, Haber Global. Accompanied by GJC member members, the guests took a tour of Haber Global studios and the news center.
The second stop of the guests was the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK). Osman Caliskan, President of the Turkiye-Georgia Business Council, gave information on the commercial and economic relations of the two countries at DEIK offices. After the visit to DEİK, Georgian journalists went to the Güllüoğlu baklava restaurant in Karaköy, and were hosted by the renowned Baklava seller Nadir Güllü. At Gulluoglu Baklava shop, Georgian colleagues were demonstrated the ways to consume baklava.
Georgian journalists, during their first day in Ankara, visited Yunus Emre Institue, where they were familiarized with the detailed work of Turkiye’s national cultural center. Georgian colleagues also learned about Yunus Emre Institute’s Turkish classes in Georgia and online.
VISITING THE EMBASSY
Georgian journalists also paid a visit to Georgia’s Embassy in Ankara. Ambassador George Jangjava welcomed journalists and briefed Georgian colleagues about Turkiye-Georgia relations. Janjava thanked GJC and its President Mehmet Ali Dim for hosting Georgian journalists.
TOUR OF TRT
Georgian members of media visited TRT Headquarters in Ankara where they recieved important information about the professional broadcasting of TRT as well as the news operations.
VISITING VICE MINISTER ÇAM
Turkiye’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Serdar Çam received both Georgian journalists and GJC members at his office. Visiting delegation and Deputy Minister exchanged opinion on bilateral cultural affairs.
Deputy Minister Çam stated that Turkiye protects all cultural artifacts regardless of religions and era.
After the Ministry, Georgian journalists came together with the GJC management and members in the meeting room of the GJC headquarters in Ankara. GJC Local Media Council Members from different provinces of Turkiye and GJC members in Ankara also attended the meeting. The journalists were acquainted with one another. The guests completed the day by visiting Anıtkabir, the First Grand National Assembly of Turkiye and the historical places of Ankara.
THANKS TO ÇAVUŞOĞLU
GJC president Mehmet Ali Dim stated that the activities of the council to support public diplomacy in the field of media will continue to increase in the coming period.
“We are grateful to our Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who has always supported us in this matter. In addition, we would like thank our Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr Serdar Cam and Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş.”
The guest attended Ankara Döner Festival organized by the Mamak Municipality in Mamak National Garden on the day of their return.
“WE ARE HAPPY BACK”
Before departing for Tbilisi, the guest expressed their appreciation and satisfaction with their visit to Turkey. They stated that they had a great trip where they experienced Turkish hospitality at the best level and expressed their intention to host GJC members in Georgia.
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia today.
Discussion was focused on the strategic partnership between the two countries and positive trend of bilateral relations.
One of the topics discussed by the dignitaries was the opening of the Turkish sales market and import of high-quality medication with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) to Georgia, which will significantly and quickly drop prices on the pharmaceutical products in Georgia.
It was highlighted that current regional projects between Georgia and Turkey serve as a vivid example of effective strategic cooperation, solid development and reliable partnership, which thereby leads to greater economic freedom, security and sustainability. Prime Minister of Georgia noted that effective regional cooperation with neighbouring countries is in fact a road leading to security, stability and sustainable development.
Readiness was expressed towards further deepening cooperation, including towards political and economic directions.
Attention at the meeting was paid to the upcoming session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council. Future steps to be made towards concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by and between Georgia and Republic of Turkey were also discussed at the meeting.
It was noted that joint efforts have acquired tremendous importance in addressing the challenges borne by the pandemic and hopes were expressed that close cooperation between Georgia and Turkey will remain high in the agenda in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Irakli Garibashvili expressed his gratitude to the Turkish side for the solid support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. The Head of Government of Georgia highlighted the significant contribution of the Madam Ambassador in developing the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Press Service of the Government Administration
The Georgian Defence Forces received 12 units of multifunctional armored backhoe loaders and 35 BMC Neocity type buses in order to develop the military-engineering and logistics directions.
Procurement of the armored tractors and vehicles was carried out in the framework of bilateral cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey. Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia, H.E Fatma Ceren Yazgan attended the official ceremony for the transfer of material-technical means. They viewed the multifunctional armored tractors and 35 BMC buses exhibited on the drill ground of the 4th Mechanized Brigade. Irakli Garibashvili thanked the Ambassador of Turkey for the support of the Georgian Defence Forces. The document of handover and acceptance was signed by Colonel Ioseb Nikoleishvili, head of Strategic Planning Department of General Staff of the Georgian Defence Forces, and Colonel Burak Altiner, military attaché of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia.
The backhoe loaders are multifunctional and have various configurations. Defence Ministry received armored cabins in addition. Neocity-type 8.5 m buses fully satisfy the transportation needs of the military personnel.
Georgian Defence Forces procured the special equipment and vehicles from the Turkish companies Hidromek and BMC with the accumulated sums assigned during 2015-2017 under the Agreement on Military Financial Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Georgia. New equipment will be transferred to the various units of the Georgian Defence Forces and make the engineering-logistical tasks more effective.
Georgia and Turkey have been closely and successfully cooperating in defence sphere for many years. The Turkish side has made a significant contribution to the development of the Georgian Defence Forces with its material-financial assistance.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia, H.E Fatma Ceren Yazgan introduced a new military attaché to the Minister of Defence of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili. Colonel Burak Altiner replaced Colonel Bülent Akdeniz on the position of military attaché of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia.
At the meeting Irakli Garibashvili and Fatma Ceren Yazgan talked about bilateral cooperation issues between Georgia and Turkey. Defence Minister expressed appreciation for the material-technical assistance provided by the Turkish Armed Forces and for extensive cooperation in military education sphere. The sides expressed confidence that bilateral interactions between Georgian and Turkish defence establishments will be further enhanced.
"Turkey is the largest trade partner for our country" stated Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Reception marking 95th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey.
Head of Government of Georgia congratulated H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Turkey to Georgia with the Republic Day and noted that Turkey has overcome a number of challenges throughout these 95 years and transformed into a large economic and political power.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, many regional and historic projects have jointly been implemented by Georgia and Turkey, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars BTK.
"I am thrilled that I have participated in the BTK myself" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Head of Government of Georgia underlined the consistent support of Turkey since Georgia regained its independence.
"We regard Turkey as our strategic friend. At the same time, it is an idea of our international aspirations as Georgia strives to become a fully-fledged member of NATO and Turkey is a great supporter of ours in this endeavor. Hence, Ladies and Gentlemen, I once again wish to congratulate our Turkish friends with the Republic Day and wish them all the best. Friends, I wish you peace and prosperity" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Official Reception was attended by diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, officials of non-government and international organizations, mass media, political parties and religious authorities.