The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has hosted a meeting with OSCE Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Ambassador Günther Bächler at the Presidential Palace. The meeting has also been attended by the Ambassador of Italy, Antonio Enrico Bartoli, as the Ambassador of the country holding the OSCE chairmanship.
Conversation at the meeting touched upon the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, issues of conflict resolution and security environment in the region.
President Margvelashvili has spoken about the International Geneva Discussions and the role of OSCE in conflict resolution issues.
The meeting, also attended by Head of Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili and Advisor to the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze also focused on negative impacts on freedom of movement and rights of Georgian citizens caused by the installation of barbed wire fences and banners.
President Giorgi Margvelashvili has appointed Ana Natsvlishvili, former chair of the country’s largest legal advocacy group - the Georgian Young Lawyers Association, as his parliamentary secretary.
Natsvlishvili will replace Anna Dolidze, who was appointed by the President to the High Council of Justice, the body overseeing the judiciary.
President Margvelashvili, who presented the parliamentary secretary today, said in his remarks that Natsvlishvili had been “an important voice” in recent legal and legislative processes.
“I have offered her this important position exactly because of her vision, her devotion to principles and her high legal professionalism and I am happy that she agreed to take the post,” Margvelashvili noted.
Speaking on her priorities as the Parliamentary Secretary, Ana Natsvlishvili said she would continue contributing to “improving the legal framework and protecting and strengthening the state institutions and democracy.”
“I am ready and I hope our cooperation with the Parliament and other government stakeholders will be based on principles of respect and will be constructive and productive,” Natsvlishvili noted.
Ana Natsvlishvili, a lawyer by training, led the Georgian Young Lawyers Association over the past three years.
Presidents of Georgia and Poland have made toasts for strengthening friendship and partnership between the two countries.
"I would like to thank Mrs. Agata and you for yesterday’s great unofficial reception. Mr. President I have stated this before that we are especially pleased by our relations with Polish partners, as we make plans and discover visions in Poland instead of seeking for reasons why something has not been done.
In Poland we see the people and their leader who look into the future. We see the people and the leader who envision the future of not only their country but the entire region. This is the only adequate vision in modern reality, as development of one nation is conditioned by other countries’ development in the global world. I would like to tell you that Georgians and I place great importance on your vision of Europe’s future. It fully responds to the historic aspiration of my nation to become a member of the European family and to the current challenges of Europe.
Mr. President, you have been discussing similarities between Georgians and Poles and you have recalled Lech Kaczyński. We saw probably the strongest support from Poland when Georgia was attacked by the neighboring nuclear state and our friends stood by our side. We will never forget those moments when we suffered the most; we will never forget those people who could have spent safe time in own homelands instead of being in bombed Tbilisi; those people who were driven only by humanity and human values to take these bold steps. Thus we are connected not only by our strategic goals, but the pain in which our generations went through just couple of years ago and friendship that we saw in these difficult moments. Mr. President, we are similar as we both value liberty; we are similar because we know that protection of this liberty requires blood and we have both experienced it. I am happy that all these emotions are translated into politics in the context of our friendship.
My friends, let me have a toast for the welfare and victory of President Duda and the Polish people," President Margvelashvili said.
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili awarded Zaza Pachulia the Order of Honor for special contribution to the development of basketball and popularization of Georgia on the international arena, President’s press service reported.
The award ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace of Georgia today and the Head of President’s Administration Giorgi Abaishvili, Zaza Pachulia’s family members, representatives of the administration, Georgian national team, coaches and representatives of “Golden State” attended it.
“Zaza Pachulia is the first Georgian basketball player who has won the NBA Cup and decided to celebrate this victory in his homeland. Success is very important but the most important is to share it with the community. Zaza Pachulia does not forget his homeland. He was with us when Tbilisi was in a difficult situation after inundation. I want to thank him for such patriotic spirit”, - said the President at the award ceremony.
Zaza Pachulia thanked the President of Georgia for awarding him.
“What I have done in my life I have done with my heart and I did not expect such thing. It is a special day for me, because the president appreciates the work I have done and I am grateful for everything. I will try to keep this Order of Honor worthy”, said Pachulia.
Recall that Pachulia brought the NBA Champion Cup to his homeland yesterday and today, 20:00 pm, it will be represented at the Sports Palace.
The President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine H.E. Petro Poroshenko. During the conversation, President Poroshenko has shown his firm support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity on behalf of the Ukrainian people and himself, at the 9th anniversary of the Russo-Georgian War of 2008.
As President Poroshenko has noted, Georgia’s and Ukraine’s joint coordinated battle against injustice and aggression will have a successful ending. He has added that his emotional attitude towards the Georgian people is further intensified after his visit to Georgia. President Poroshenko believes that the strategic cooperation between Georgia and Ukraine will bring positive outcomes.
On his part, President Margvelashvili has thanked his Ukrainian counterpart for his support of Georgia, underscored the importance of the strategic partnership between the two countries and shown support of the Ukrainian people in this heroic fight.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili will pay a visit to Batumi and attend the Conference of European Constitutional Courts’ XVII Congress on the topic of the "Role of Constitutional Courts in upholding and applying Constitutional Principles".
President Margvelashvili will deliver a speech at the conference and address chairmen of more than 40 European countries’ constitutional courts.
Official reception will be held for the participants of the conference, on behalf of President Margvelashvili.
Aside the member states of the European constitutional courts, the President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, Mr. Gianni Buquicchio will also take part in the conference. Mr. Buquicchio will hold a meeting with President Margvelashvili on June 29 and discuss issues related to the constitutional reform of Georgia.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, together with the First Lady of Georgia, Ms. Maka Chichua and the state delegation pays an official visit to the Slovak Republic. The Presidential delegation is comprised of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Mr. Victor Dolidze, the Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Davit Jalaghania, the Secretary of the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, members of the Parliament – Mr. Mamuka Chikovani, Mr. Roman Gotsiridze, Ms. Ada Marshania and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Slovak Republic Mr. Revaz Gachechiladze.
After the meetings, the presidents will make media statements and answer the questions of Slovak and Georgian journalists.
As a part of the visit, President Margvelashvili will also hold meetings with the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
In Bratislava President Margvelashvili will deliver a public lecture on the security of the Black Sea region in the context of the European stability at Comenius University and meet with Georgian students.
As planned, President Margvelashvili and Ms. Chichua will visit the Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology and the Children's Rehabilitation Center in Bratislava. The guests will also explore the enterprise, staffed by the persons with disabilities.
On May 16, President Kiska will host the guests in his home town, Levocha. The presidents will explore ski resorts on the Tatra Mountains and President Kiska will share the experience of Slovakia in tourism development with the Georgian party.
The state visit of President Margvelashvili will end on May 17.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and EU Ambassador Janos Herman held a meeting on 7 May as part of the Europe Day celebrations in Tbilisi. The pair met with representatives of the EU-funded European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and farmers from EU-funded agricultural cooperatives to discuss the EU’s support to Georgia’s agriculture and rural development. They also took the opportunity to sample some products brought by the cooperative farmers.
“Cooperatives are prerequisites for the development of agriculture. I would like to support the publicity of the important work by the ENPARD programme and the EU-funded cooperatives,”stated President Margvelashvili. “After the Soviet experience the cooperatives were not popular in Georgia. However, today our society trusts them. More than 1500 agricultural cooperatives are officially registered. This is a great achievement. If the trust towards the cooperatives prevails, it will eventually lead to the development of agriculture.”
ENPARD welcomed its Europe Day visitors with delicious products produced by EU-supported agricultural cooperatives, distributing the rural development information and engaging the audience with fun, thematic games for children.
Margvelashvili Holds a Meeting with the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of TurkeyTuesday, 25 April 2017 11:30
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Turkey, Mr. Seyfullah Hacimüftüoğlu.
At the meeting, also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili and the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the parties have discussed the prospects of strengthening strategic partnership between the two countries, development of the Black Sea cooperation, Turkish-Georgian defense and security cooperation, and the importance of stability in the Black Sea region.
President Margvelashvili has thanked the Turkish party for supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The conversation has also touched upon the prospective meeting of President Margvelashvili and President Erdoğan.
“We have spoken about trilateral meetings - a joint memorandum of national security councils of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. We have also discussed Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia trilateral cooperation in security, economic and energy spheres.
We think that the President of Georgia and the President of Turkey will meet this year and also our trilateral cooperation format will be discussed on the BSEC forum in May”, - stated Mr. Rakviashvili.
„I recently launched a campaign "Constitution for All", to involve Georgian society at large in discussions on constitutional values and to establish the basic principles of national consent. I hope, such discussions will further unite our society and the people's voice will be heard more actively,"- the President of Georgia said today, at parliament.
According to him, These meetings make it clear that our society has a lot of interesting views on the basic principles of the country arrangement.
"I would like to inform the Constitutional Commission members, that people need more democracy, not weakening but strengthening the self-governance; access to education and its quality enhancement; more elective positions and increasing their accountability; strengthening public control mechanisms. Society wants more involvement in the decision-making process and clearer social protection guarantees to be reflected in the Constitution. We cannot deprive people of the right to elect the President. The Presidential election need to be adjusted on the interest of the society, neither on the wish of current or former Presidents or Prime-Ministers but on the creation of effective balance of power.
At the meeting with public yesterday, the citizens of Kutaisi clearly expressed their wish to maintain the building of the Parliament in Kutaisi and despite the vigorous debates, I promised them to represent their position here, today.
Our society needs a sense of national unity, support and participation in important decision-making process.
Let us listen to the people!
If we listen, it will become clear that the citizens' actual and urgent problems remain unsolved, and we still have not managed to build a state in which no one lives in streets, no minors work in streets, no children live in extreme poverty, no elders have the feeling of despair and no one is hungry or cold.
Jobs, poverty, increasing prices, miserable pensions and national currency instability - these are the actual problems of our society, which is obvious without any research,"- Giorgi Margvelashvili said.