Prime Minister meets with Iran’s Foreign Minister, discusses regional state of affairs and development of bilateral trade and economic tiesThursday, 28 January 2021 17:32
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held a meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The conversation focused on the situation in the region, including the latest developments, and Georgia's key role in the region's economic development and regional stability alike.
The parties also discussed bilateral and regional relations. In the context of bilateral relations, special emphasis was placed on the trade and economic ties between the two countries, also the importance of cementing their transit and transport communications, tapping into the potential in these areas, and dealing with area-specific difficulties in a timely manner.
The dialogue also touched on the pandemic-related situations and future plans in both countries.
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirmed strong support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The meeting at the Government's Administration was attended by Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili.
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During his speech at the high-level pledging event of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan reiterated the strong commitment of Turkmenistan and its President to providing humanitarian assistance to the countries which have faced with emergency situations of natural and technogenic character.
It was stated in particular that following the humane values and the principles of humanity, Turkmenistan has repeatedly provided humanitarian assistance to the neighboring countries, as well as to other states of the world which have face the humanitarian crises.
Upon the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, the country has made its voluntary contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund in the amount of 100 000 USD in 2020.
Turkmenistan has already acknowledged about its next contribution to the CERF in 2021.
On September 24, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov met with President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili in the framework of his official visit to Georgia.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili congratulated Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on his appointment as the Foreign Minister and conveyed her sincere wishes to him. She also expressed hope that steps will be taken towards further strengthening relations between the two countries during his tenure. President Salome Zurabishvili requested to convey her sincere greetings to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In his turn, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov conveyed the greetings of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the President of Georgia.
The Minister noted that very useful discussions on high-level cooperation between the two countries were held during the visit. It was stated that the two countries attach equal importance to the development of relations in all three areas - political, economic and humanitarian.
Touching upon the existing protracted conflicts in the region, which poses a serious threat to regional security, the sides noted that they have a similar position in resolving these conflicts. It was stressed that our countries respect each other's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
It was stressed that along with bilateral formats, our countries are successfully cooperating on multilateral formats, within international organizations as well.
Economic, energy and transport projects implemented with the participation of both countries were discussed. The sides exchanged views on further expanding the capacity of regional corridors. The sides also discussed issues of cooperation in tourism, humanitarian and cultural fields.
The Georgian President stressed the importance of ensuring peace and stability in the region.
In his turn, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov drew attention to Armenia's aggression policy and its grave consequences and informed the President of Georgia about the latest provocative activities of the Armenian leadership. The importance of resolving the conflict within the framework of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan was emphasized.
The necessity for solidarity and cooperation between the states in the current situation on combating the pandemic was noted, and it was stressed that there is a high level of coordination and cooperation between the two countries in this regard.
At the end of the meeting, President Salome Zurabishvili invited the President and First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to visit Georgia.
The sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.
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.
D. Zalkaliani expresses his gratitude towards the Republic of Korea for the support provided within the framework of the fight against the pandemic
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, expresses his gratitude towards the Republic of Korea for the timely support provided in terms of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to his statement, the Republic of Korea became an exemplary case in the fight against the pandemic from the very early stages of the outbreak of the virus.
With joint efforts of Georgian Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, The Georgian Foreign Ministry and the Georgian Embassy to the Republic of Korea active cooperation takes place with our Korean Counterparts. Thus, with the support of the Korean Government, towards the end of April a Korean company, SD Biosensor, Inc. will begin to export rapid-detection tests for the COVID-19 virus to Georgia.
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.
Within the framework of the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s visit to Georgia, Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held a bilateral meeting with his Armenian counterpart, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.
Discussions focused on a broad spectrum of issues on the agenda of Georgia-Armenia relations, including in the political, trade and economic areas and people-to-people contacts. The two ministers positively appraised the Armenian Prime Minister’s official visit to Georgia to outline various plans for the development of bilateral partnership.
Paying special attention to co-operation between Georgia and Armenia in multilateral formats, the sides agreed to work closely to develop people-to-people contacts and signed a memorandum of cooperation in this area.
Discussions also focused on efforts to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Ministers expressed their satisfaction at the increasing dynamics of exchanging visits and agreed to further maintain close contacts.
Georgia uses all available mechanisms to consolidate the international community - Zalkaliani on the latest developments across the occupation lineThursday, 23 January 2020 10:23
The situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and the latest developments across the occupation line were discussed during a meeting between the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani and the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar.
“We discussed in detail the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. Expressing Georgia’s clear position regarding the illegal borderization process I urged the EU Special Representative as one of the key actors in the Geneva Process to press for this issue in a bilateral dialogue with the Russian Federation, as well as in their communication with the occupation regimes” – Zalkaliani said following the meeting.
According to him, the occupation regime’s attempts to use humanitarian issues to attain its illegal political aims are unacceptable and this must end immediately. Zalkaliani underlined that he will use all available mechanisms, including international formats to discuss this issue during his visits in Strasbourg and Vienna where he will hold meetings at the Council of Europe, and will also participate in the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council and will conduct bilateral meeting within OSCE.
“To the occupation regime’s efforts to escalate the process we should oppose our consistent position and continue to mobilize and consolidate the international community and to use the Geneva format to its maximum to achive further de-escalation of the situation” – the Minister said adding that Georgia will propose measures that need to be taken to ensure free movement on the ground.
The EU Special Representative, for his part, highlighted that all needs to be done to open the crossing points to relieve the local population of the problems they are currently facing.
As it was pointed out during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, the Georgia-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental Economic Commission will resume its meeting next year.
The meeting emphasized the strategic partnership and good neighborly relations between the two countries, and commended the Prime Minister's recent official visit to Azerbaijan.
Special emphasis during the meeting between the Prime Minister of Georgia and the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan was placed on the process of delimitation of the Georgia-Azerbaijan state border.
The parties underlined that this process must be carried out in the context of the strategic partnership between the two countries, taking into account the interests of and friendship between the states.
The conversation also revolved around enhancing the effectiveness and competitiveness of the energy corridor, and around the need of continuous joint efforts for tapping into both countries' transit potential.
In this context, the parties praised the inauguration of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), one of the key components of the Southern Gas Corridor.
The meeting also underscored the dire humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied territories. The Prime Minister spoke of Doctor Vazha Gaprindashvili's unlawful detention in the occupied territory, and emphasized the significance of joint efforts from friend nations in order to achieve his timely release. Giorgi Gakharia thanked the Republic of Azerbaijan for its strong support of Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Elmar Mammadyarov has arrived in Tbilisi to participate in the 8th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, held in the ongoing trilateral format between the countries.
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