Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili took to Twitter to offer condolences to Türkiye over an explosion in Beyoglu, the heart of Istanbul, that killed at least six people and wounded 81.
Zourabichvili said: “I am horrified by the explosion in Istanbul. My condolences to the families of the victims and my deepest sympathies to President Erdogan and the people of Türkiye.”
According to Reuters, Turkey’s government blamed Kurdish militants on Monday for a blast that killed six people in Istanbul’s main shopping street, and said police had detained 22 suspects, including the person who had planted the bomb.
"I am horrified by the explosion in Istanbul. My condolences to the families of the victims and my deepest sympathies to President
and the people of Türkiye".
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili is visiting France to attend high-ranking meetings in Strasbourg and Paris.
The president will participate in the World Forum for Democracy 2022 and the Paris Peace Forum.
According to the President’s press office, Zourabichvili will meet with Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and PACE President Tiny Kox.
On the sidelines of the World Forum for Democracy, Zurabishvili will also meet the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić is hosting Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili, the President’s press office has said.
Zourabichvili is visiting France to attend high-ranking meetings in Strasbourg and Paris.
She will participate in the World Forum for Democracy 2022 and the Paris Peace Forum.
As part of the visit, Zourabichvili will also meet with PACE President Tiny Kox and the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili about the global response to the Russian government’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and about Russia’s continuing occupation of Georgia.
The Secretary expressed appreciation for the people of Georgia and President Zourabichvili’s personal, steadfast support for Ukraine. He underscored the firm U.S. commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and noted the United States will continue to support the Georgian people in pursuing a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Euro-Atlantic future.
Strongly condemns Russia’s « recognition » of Ukraines’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions - S. ZourabichviliTuesday, 22 February 2022 12:00
"Strongly condemns Russia’s « recognition » of Ukraines’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions, repeating the scenario that led to the occupation of 20% of our territory", - Georgian President Salome Zourabishvili tweets.
The “Georgian Detail” exhibit of artist Zeinab Barnovi was held at the Orbeliani Palace with the goal of popularizing Georgian culture and promoting the modern creative industry.
President Salome Zourabichvili, who toured the exhibit along with guests, wished Zeinab Barnovi success in her endeavours. Her works include examples of Khevsuretian clothes, headscarves, chikhtikopi, pillows, lamps, bags and photos created based on the motifs of Georgia.
Press Office of the Georgian President
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili today announced that she pledges to pardon Giorgi Rurua if political actors sign the EU-backed compromise paper and enter the parliament.
"I am surprised by the statement made today by the ruling party that uses my name over and over again without my permission and consent and links it to one specific pardon. They have not understood that such a decision, especially in such a case but not only, should be made without expectations of criticism or praise and only if I deem it necessary. I think I have already shown this through my deeds.
I would like to remind everyone of one simple rule: the power of pardon is the discretion of the President and is not the subject of negotiations. I want to make it clear that the decision to pardon, as I have said more than once, is not subject to pressure, to instructions or demands, whether they may be from the opposition, the ruling party, or anyone else.
According to principle, the President does not speak about pardons and does not disclose motivation. However, because of some continuous appeals on this subject and because of the current situation, I am forced to violate this principle and state clearly my position to stop any speculation.
I think no one will be surprised to hear that for me and for the rest of society, someone with such a well-known past can be called many things, but not a political prisoner. That individual does not fit into any category of pardon by any means, be it righteousness, morality, or politics.
Nevertheless, as I once already took it upon myself, I believe here again that if what’s at stake is the country’s political stalemate, its stability, progress, and future, it is the President’s duty to put the country above her own views and principles.
With that in mind, I am ready to make a decision scandalous also for myself. But I make this decision only on my condition, that such a step must be the last step to end the crisis and pave the way for the country and for Parliament to enter a normal political life and deal with existing challenges without any other distractions.
This means that my decision will be implemented only when, on the one hand, the political parties sign the final document and enter Parliament, and on the other hand, the representatives of the European Union and the United States announce that an agreement has been reached. Once this announcement is done, I will sign the act of pardon within a week", - the President of Georgia Says.
The President of the Republic of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, will pay an official visit to Georgia tomorrow, on April 15, Georgian presidential administration reports.
The official welcoming ceremony of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and his spouse Nune Sarkissian will be held at the Orbeliani Palace.
Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili and Armenian President 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.
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sir Alan Duncan is paying a visit to Georgia.
Sir Alan Duncan will hold meetings with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Acting Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Acting Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry will host the Wardrop Dialogue Plenary Session. Following the session, a joint press conference will be held.
The Wardrop Dialogue provides for meeting of thematic groups. Talking points includes co-operation in political, security and defence spheres, as well as economic, trade, cultural, educational and people-to-people relations issues.
As part of the visit, Sir Alan Duncan will visit the Crisis Management Centre and visit the administrative boundary line in the Khurvaleti village. The Minister of State will also deliver a public lecture at the Ilia State University.
The bilateral political dialogue – Wardrop Dialogue – founded in 2014, is dedicated to the discussions of British-Georgian bilateral, regional and multilateral co-operation.
Georgian President recommends Georgian Parliament to strengthen media security mechanisms and create more solid defense guarantee. This statement was made by Giorgi Margvelashvili today.
According to him, free and pluralistic media determines the level of democracy in any country. As the President said, nobody should have questions on media freedom quality.
“We should not have unexplained closed-rated talk shows, secret surveillance, blackmail and threats against media representatives; Journalists should not have fired,”- the President of Georgia said.