Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has been provided with information on anti-fire efforts in Borjomi as well as Ateni Gorge, Shida Kartli, Georgia.
As a reminder, the fire also erupted in the forest of the Boshuri village, Gori district, Shida Kartli region.
As reported by the governmental administration of Georgia the fire has been localized in Ateni. Soldiers continue working in the gorge for full prevention.
‘The fire has also stopped spreading at new locations at Borjomi gorge. The fire area has also significantly reduced. Several locations are still engulfed in flames. Rescuers and firefighters brigades worked all night in the gorge… Five helicopters resumed working starting with this morning. The plane sent by Turkey has also engaged in the process. 95 firefighter-rescuers from Azerbaijan, 70 – from Armenia are in the gorge to help the Georgian firefighters. Heavy technique from Azerbaijan and Armenia is also involved in the efforts,’ the administration says.
SSA Marine, one of the largest American companies, will become the operator of Anaklia Port Terminal and one of its investors, a relevant agreement was signed today at the Administration of the Government of Georgia.
The signing ceremony was attended by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Along with the Conti Group, SSA Marine is the second American giant to invest heavily in the development of the Anaklia Port.
SSA Marine, one of the largest global operators, runs over 250 strategic terminals in five continents and serves 27.2 million containers (TEU) annually. SSA Marine introduces modern innovative technology standards in design, operating, and project development.
Before the signing ceremony, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with SSA Marine's Vice President Robert Watters and the founders of the Anaklia Development Consortium. The parties discussed Anaklia Port-related issues, Georgia-US economic partnership, and Georgia's attractive investment environment.
The Prime Minister emphasized the US Vice President's visit and the importance of America's support for Georgia.
"Very important is the visit of the Vice President of the United States, and Georgia is grateful for the vitally important support of the US. We all heard the strongest messages of the US support for Georgia, which is another reassurance, another guarantee for the success of US-Georgia economic cooperation. We are really committed to bringing more economic substance to our bilateral strategic cooperation, and this is not another but one of the most important evidence of this excellent cooperation," the Prime Minister stated during the meeting.
Robert Watters thanked the Head of Georgian Government for his support since the very outset.
The Anaklia Deep Sea Port Project launched in 2016. The Anaklia Development Consortium developed the Anaklia Port's master plan and preliminary design, also conducting over 50 terrain, water and environment, and engineering analyses for different directions of construction. Work is already underway on a strategy for the development of the city of Anaklia and the special economic zone.
Construction work on the Anaklia Port is expected to launch in the second half of 2017.
Vice President of the United States Mike Pence arrived in Tbilisi. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and his spouse Maka Tsinadze greeted the Vice President and his spouse Karen Pence. The official meeting ceremony was held at the Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport.
Today the Prime Minister will host the US Vice President, his spouse and the members of the American delegation at an official dinner.
The US Vice President was invited to Georgia by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Respective visit is held within the frames of Pence's first European tour.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met today in Batumi with President Gianni Buquicchio of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.
The parties discussed the constitutional amendments initiated by the ruling team, which seek to put in place a well-balanced constitution grounded in democratic principles.
According to the Prime Minister, these amendments, developed based on unprecedented public debates by the Constitutional Commission bringing together politicians, NGOs, and independent experts, will enable Georgia to have a constitution that ensures a comprehensive parliamentary model of government, greater effectiveness of the government, better defined functions of the president as a neutral arbiter, and stronger protection of human rights and society as a whole.
The conversation also involved the date of switchover to proportional representation planned in 2024. The Prime Minister emphasized the fact of the introduction of proportional representation being a demonstration of the ruling team's political will, it is a great achievement, as this issue never even was on the table under the previous governments.
The meeting was also attended by Georgia's Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze, and parliamentary majority leader Archil Talakvadze.
The meeting between the Georgian Prime Minister and the President of the Venice Commission was held under the 17th Congress of European Constitutional Courts in Batumi.
Today Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with B'nai B'rith International delegation led by the company's President Gary Saltzman.
The conversation during the meeting involved 26 centuries of Georgia-Israel friendship that keeps growing stronger. The Head of Government emphasized strategic partnership with the United States of America.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili introduced Georgia's achievements and the Government's four-point reform agenda to the B'nai B'rith International delegation.
The President of B'nai B'rith International thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia for hospitality and pledged to support investments in Georgia from both Israel and the US.
At today's working dinner, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili hosted former US State Secretary and Chair of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Madeleine Albright.
During the meeting, Giorgi Kvirikashvili spoke of the importance of Georgia's strategic partnership with the US.
According to the Prime Minister, there are no small and big states and Georgia, despite its small size, is America's big partner in the common cause of protecting security, prosperity, and democratic values.
The working dinner was attended by NDI's representatives.
The Prime Minister of Georgia commented on the case of Azeri journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the investigation is still in progress, but it is already known for a fact that Georgia's state agencies had no part in the incident involving the Azeri journalist.
"The Interior Ministry is probing into this very unfortunate incident. It is imperative for our country to keep up and develop the democratic standards we have worked so hard to reach. We must wait for the finalization of the investigation. We offered Georgian citizenship and protection to Afgan Mukhtarli's wife and children. The individual himself is currently detained. At the moment it's hard to say anything. I can only say with all certainty that Georgia's state institutions had no part whatsoever in this incident," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
It is with deep sorrow that I learned about the recent terrorist attack in London targeting innocent people, leaving six dead and injuring dozens. I offer my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, the British Government and people. In this hour of sorrow and anguish, our thoughts and prayers are with the British people.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili urges everyone against jumping into conclusions on the case of Azerbaijani citizen Afgan Mukhtarli and against discrediting state institutions.
As the Prime Minister emphasized during today's Government meeting, he understands the concerns of citizens and human rights NGOs, but drawing premature conclusions is unacceptable.
"It is especially unacceptable to discredit the institutions in charge of national security. An investigation is underway. The Interior Minister made a statement, we maintain contact with our Azerbaijani colleagues, and I urge everyone against jumping into conclusions until the investigation is over. Fostering the discreditation of our state institutions will make protecting our security a very challenging task. Trust between our citizens and the state is what sustains genuinely democratic state-building. Therefore, I once again urge everyone to abstain from jumping into conclusions and from discrediting our state institutions. Of course, I urge our law enforcement to probe into this case as fast as possible, so that no one in our country may doubt the validity of respect for human rights, to assure everyone that the insinuations circulating in the past two days, including those suggesting that he was transferred, for example, are but groundless. It is absolutely unacceptable. Of course, I rule out the slightest possibility of our state institutions being involved. An investigation is underway, so we must wait for its findings," the Prime Minister of Georgia stated.
Georgia-US trade and economic relations and ways to deepen cooperation in this direction were discussed at today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Special attention was paid to Georgia's positive business environment and the active cooperation between the state and the private sector. The parties emphasized Georgia's commendable positions in international ratings.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia attaches special importance to the engagement of American businesses in the country's ongoing infrastructural projects.
During the meeting with the Secretary of Commerce, the Anaklia Deep Sea Port project was also discussed, and the importance of the participation of American companies for the project's development was stressed. The dialogue also involved Georgia's tourism potential and American companies taking interest in its hospitality industry.
During the meeting, the US strong support of Georgia's efforts to transform into a business, trade, and logistics hub was pointed out. The Prime Minister thanked Wilbur Ross for the years-long partnership maintained by the Department of Commerce with Georgia.
The meeting at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani, the Prime Minister's Foreign Adviser Tedo Japaridze, and Georgian Ambassador to the US Davit Bakradze.