Giorgi Margvelashvili – Divided Germany has become a strong, united nation, we hope a similar future for GeorgiaFriday, 24 August 2018 11:54
Giorgi Margvelashvili – Divided Germany has become a strong, united nation, we hope a similar future for Georgia.
"Germany has been a great supporter of Georgia for many years, and since the outset of our independence, the Germans have taken a leadership role to support our country's development. When we think about our future and our most problematic issues, we remember that Germany was divided and it became a united, strong nation, a leader of the European processes and determiner of a vision.
We hope a similar future for Georgia and we know that we have a best friend on this road like Germany ", - the above mentioned statementwasmade by the President of Georgia at the meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Germany.
Angela Merkel pointed out at the meeting with the President of Georgia that she fulfilled her promise and visited Georgia: "I promised you several times and eventually, I could keep my promise, though I know that it took a lot of time and I am pleased to see Georgia on the road of improving democracy and economic conditions. I think you have achieved a great deal of progress over the last ten years. "
The main topic of the visit was the situation in Georgia's occupied territories, security issues and Russia's policy toward Georgia. The discussion touched upon the issues on strengthening defense capabilities of Georgia as the intensive cooperation with the Federal Republic of Germany in terms of defense is underway and will further strengthen Georgia's democracy.
After completion of the meeting, the National Security Council secretary Davit Rakviashvili stated that Angela Merkel clearly spoke about occupation of Georgia as in the context of problem as well as a terminology.
In accordance to the Chancellor, Germany is a participant in resolving Georgia's problems and in order to confirm this tomorrow she will visit an occupation line, in the conversation it was clearly emphasized that without any interpretation it is unacceptable what happened ten years ago and that Germany would never adjust this.
“Merkel unambiguously talked that Germany would make every effort in order to stop what was being done by the occupation regime,to improve the conditions of local population and they would do the best to resolve this historical injustice”, - said Davit Rakviashvili.
The parties discussed on a broad spectrum of agenda between Georgia and Germany at the meeting:issues of bilateral relations – expansion of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian relations. As well as the cooperation in multilateral formats: Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and issues that would make relations more intensive between Georgia and Germany.
The meeting was attended by the German State Secretary, Head of the Federal Department of Press Steffen Zaiberti, German Ambassador of Georgia Heike Paichi, Chancellor's Advisor in Foreign and Security Policy, Jan Hekeri, Chancellor’s Advisor in Economic and Financial Policy issues Lars Hendrik Roeleri, Chancellor’s Advisor in European Policy issues Uve Korsepiusi, the Head of South CaucasusDivision Matthias Liutenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaniani, Head of the President's Administration Giorgi Gabashvili, the National Security Council Secretary David Rakviashvili, the International Secretary of the President of Georgia Tengiz Pkhaladze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Federal Republic of Germany Elgudja Khokrishvili.
I might be an interesting partner for the opposition but no consultations have been held, - President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in response to a journalist's question whether he rules out cooperation with any opposition party.
According to Margvelashvili, he has not decided whether he will participate in the elections and hence holding consultations on this issue would be senseless.
"It is clear for me that I can be a very interesting partner for the opposition. However, we can talk later if the parties of different spectrum, opinions, previous political activities and future plans are interesting to me. At this stage, no communication has been held with anyone. Moreover, I have not yet made a decision and holding consultations on this issue would be senseless," said Margvelashvili.
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.
European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič highlights successful EU-Georgia cooperation at Georgia's European Way conference
Energy Union Vice President Maroš Šefčovič is on an official visit to Georgia from 12 until 13 July. He is meeting President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the Chairman of the Parliament, Mr Irakli Kobakhidze for bilateral meetings. Vice President Šefčovič will also attend this year's Batumi International Conference "Ensuring Regional Stability" where he delivers a key note on energy security in the opening session in the presence of the President, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Parliament. The conference is organised by the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration since 2007 and represents an important venue for high level officials to discuss issues related to politics, security, economic developments in the EU and its neighbourhood. This year the Conference will focus on the European Agenda, particularly on energy security and diversification of energy markets. Ahead of the visit, Energy Union Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said: "The EU-Georgia Association Agreement entails Georgia's alignment to key EU energy legislation. In this regard, I welcome the recent ratification by the Georgian Parliament of the accession protocol to the Energy Community. This represents a major milestone for a proper and timely implementation of the commitments made under the Association Agreement and I encourage efforts to ensure a comprehensive implementation of commitments. Furthermore, Georgia has a key transit role to play in the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor. For the EU and Georgia the timely implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor is important as well as its extension over time to additional supply countries." Following the conference, Vice-President will also participate in signing ceremonies for a series of upcoming sustainable energy projects, underlining the practical benefits of EU support to Georgian people. For example, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will sign EU-backed loan agreements worth over GEL 680 million (EUR 253.5m) for rehabilitation of the important Enguri/Vardnili hydro-power plant and upgrade of over 250 km of Georgia's roads. Vice-President Šefčovič will attend a signing ceremony in Batumi related to introduction of electric busses. This will make Batumi the first city in South Caucasus to introduce electric vehicles in public transport. Thanks to EU support through the E5P Fund and a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Batumi will soon receive 10 electric buses that will run on the main routes of the popular Black Sea resort.
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.