Prime Minister participates in NATO Summit in Madrid

Published in Politics
Thursday, 30 June 2022 15:56

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, took part in today's special meeting of the North Atlantic Council within the scope of the NATO Summit in Madrid. Besides the Alliance's member states, the session's participants included the leaders of Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, and senior EU officials. The meeting discussed some of the challenges facing the global security architecture and the security environment emerging in the Euro-Atlantic space, with emphasis on the need to further the cooperation among NATO member and partner states in order to join forces toward helping maintain rules-based international order. The meeting also discussed the events unfolding in Ukraine. The importance of assisting Ukraine against the ongoing military aggression was also highlighted.

The Prime Minister of Georgia spoke about the worsening security situation in the Black Sea Region and Georgia's steps in light of these circumstances. The Prime Minister, in his speech, underlined the unprecedentedly high level of practical cooperation between Georgia and NATO over the past few years, also expressing hope that the country's progress in implementing reforms will have a positive impact on Georgia's path toward membership.

Several important documents have been adopted at the Madrid Summit, including the new Strategic Concept of NATO 2030, the Madrid Summit Declaration, and the Tailored Support Document for Georgia. Notably, all three documents contain issues of critical importance to Georgia. In particular, they reaffirm the decision made at the Bucharest Summit on Georgia's eventual NATO membership, also reinforcing NATO's open door policy, Georgia's status as an aspirant country, and the Alliance's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The issue of Georgia is reflected in detail in the new Strategic Concept of NATO, the Alliance's guideline document in the course of the next ten years.

Notably, the Tailored Support Document for Georgia, approved at the summit, sets forth concrete measures for furthering Georgia's defense capabilities and enhancing NATO's effective engagement in this process.

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Prime Minister thanks Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for strongly supporting Georgia’s path to European integration

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Monday, 27 June 2022 09:46

The European Council's decision to grant EU membership perspective to Georgia and the close partnership between the two countries were the key topics discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Irakli Garibashvili thanked Péter Szijjártó for clearly endorsing the EU membership candidate status for Georgia, also emphasizing his gratitude to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for his principled position.

The Head of Government underlined that the European Commission's opinion on Georgia's European perspective has been made official, and based on the European Commission's recommendation, the European Council reaffirmed it.

According to the Prime Minister, the Government of Georgia continues working on every reform on the Association Agenda and will finalize every obligation assumed in the direction of democratic reforms.

Irakli Garibashvili thanked Péter Szijjártó for supporting Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. In response, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary reaffirmed firm support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The meeting also emphasized the successful cooperation between Georgia and Hungary across a variety of areas, with the parties expressing commitment to furthering this partnership.


The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by Anna Maria Sikó, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Georgia, Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, also by Zaal Gogsadze, Georgia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Hungary, and Revaz Javelidze, Head of the Government Administration.

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Performance Report of the Prime Minister of Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 June 2022 13:09

"Dear Speaker of the Parliament! Dear Members of Parliament! Dear Members of Government! Mr. Mayor! Let me greet you all and media representatives. I am honored to present our Annual Performance Report, which has been submitted in writing prior to this meeting. I wish to speak in detail about the achievements that our country had in the past year. Naturally, I wish to start with our main achievement, which we all witnessed several days ago. Namely, the European Commission made a historic decision on June 17 by a much desired entry in an official document. I wish to remind everyone again that this entry was indeed a historic decision of the European Commission. First time ever, entry on our European Perspective. The European Commission clearly worded out its recommendation addressed to the European Council in a document for granting a European Perspective to Georgia to eventually let us accede to the European Union. It is a historic decision of the European Commission.

Secondly, what I wish to say is that our expectation was a candidacy status to be granted to Georgia, as Ukraine and Moldova did. It is understandable that we witnessed a different approach. I wish to explain it in detail for our people and honorable MPs.

Our team in the authorities did its best to address the heavy legacy what we witnessed when coming to power: dictatorship, authoritatian regime used to be practiced in real terms, whereby people were slautered, tortured, raped, while businesses and assets were foreclosed, families were smitten. After such a heavy legacy with no sign of democracy and no media freedom in the country, no independent judiciary existed before we came to power and the entire governing scheme and system was operating as a repressive system to suppress and destroy people and their livelihood. This was a legacy we witnessed when coming to power on October 1, 2012. I wish to remind everyone that the judiciary operated as a mere notary service and whatever instructions came from the prosecution the same court rulings would be issued by judges. It was the legacy you left us, honorable ones. As for media freedom, no opposition channel existed in the country back then.

I heard a complaint that we should talk with ordinary people about what we did during the past 10 years. Of course, we will once again remind them and our dear people what we have been doing during these 10 years. However, I wish to remind it to all within a context of EU integration. We need to remind our population and partners - foreign friends - that we truly inherited a most devastated legacy. Of course, we know it well that no sign of democracy existed in the country. No real, strong opposition channel existed in the media landscape of the country, but we hear the same people talking about media freedom. It is great merits to our planned and implemented reforms that any broadcasting company may be incorporated within 10 business days nowadays. With this indicator we are much ahead of others, including some of the EU member states.

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Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of Qatari Businessmen Association

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 21 June 2022 19:45

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of Qatari Businessmen Association within the scope of his visit to the State of Qatar today. Dignitaries reviewed the cooperation between Georgia and Qatar in the areas of economy, trade and investments. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani expressed readiness to visit Georgia in the nearest future and personally witness the investment potential of the country.

Prime Minister of Georgia and Chairman of Qatari Businessmen Association inaugurated a Georgian Corner at the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum at the end of the meeting.

The Georgian section is located at a visible place within the Museum and displays Georgian national and historic exhibits.

A permanent Georgian section has thus been established at one of the most remarkable museums of Qatar and exposition of Georgian exhibits will significantly facilitate the promotion of Georgian culture, history and art in the State of Qatar.

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Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Karen Donfried, Assistant US Secretary of State for European and Eurasian AffairsPrint Version

Published in Politics
Monday, 20 June 2022 12:35

Solid support of the USA towards Georgia, strategic partnership between the two nations and integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures were among the key topics of discussion by and between Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and Karen Donfried, Assistant US Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs today.

The Head of Government of Georgia noted that the visit of the senior US official is yet another clear message about the unwavering support of the USA towards Georgia, which is profoundly appreciated. According to him, Georgia remains to be the most reliable and loyal ally of the USA both in the region and beyond.

Focus was made at the meeting on the significance of greater intensity of US-Georgia strategic partnership, inter alia including the further activation of a high-level political dialogue between the two countries, as well as in defense and security, trade, commerce and investments.

Steadfast and firm support of the USA towards the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia was reiterated at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia, along with the encouraged European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

According to the Head of Government of Georgia, the craving of the government and people of Georgia is unwavering towards integration with European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

At the same time, dignitaries discussed the military activities currently witnessed in Ukraine.

Discussions were related to the situation existing in the region and the significant role played by Georgia in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by H.E. Kelly C. Degnan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Georgia; Ilia Darchiashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration.

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Prime Minister’s meeting with Turkey’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Published in Politics
Thursday, 16 June 2022 17:13

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkey's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia.

The farewell meeting with the Ambassador discussed the good-neighborly relations between the two countries and ways to further their strategic partnership.

The conversation focused on the regional situation and the need to support peace and stability, with emphasis on peace and stability as the preconditions of the region's development and lasting prosperity. The parties also discussed Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili's Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative for the South Caucasus, pointing out that Georgia has always supported peaceful coexistence in the South Caucasus, remaining committed to promoting regional dialogue.

The meeting paid special attention to the economic cooperation between the two countries, underlining ongoing regional projects as clear demonstrations of the effective cooperation and reliable partnership between Georgia and Turkey.

The Head of Government thanked the Turkish Diplomat for her contribution to developing the strategic partnership between Turkey and Georgia, and wished her success in her future professional endeavors.

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Li Keqiang wishes Georgian Prime Minister and the Georgian people a happy 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Georgia

Published in CHINA
Monday, 06 June 2022 12:36

The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, wishes Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the Georgian people a happy 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and Georgia.
According to Li Keqiang, over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, China-Georgia relations have maintained sound and stable development.
"On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the People's Republic of China and Georgia, on behalf of the Chinese government and in my own name, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to you, as well as Georgian government an people.
Over the past 30 years since the establishment of our diplomatic ties, China-Georgia relations have maintained sound and steady development. The two sides have enhanced political trust continuously, made solid progress in pragmatic cooperation in various fields, with people-to-people and cultural exchanges increasingly strengthened.
I would like to work together with you and take the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic ties as an opportunity to continue deepen our cooperation of mutual benefit in various fields, enrich the connotation of China-Georgia relations and friendship and benefit our two countries and peoples.
Wish you success in work and good health.
May China and Georgia enjoy everlasting friendship," Li Keqiang concludes.

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Prime Minister of Georgia Meets President of Armenia

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 10:31

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met with Vahagn Khachaturyan, President of Armenia today.

Meeting held at the Government Administration was focused on the discussion of bilateral cooperation and kind neighborly relations existing between Armenia and Georgia.

Global and regional security issues were discussed at the meeting. The Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative for the South Caucasus launched by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia was discussed as it aims to create a format of dialogue between the three countries along with mutually beneficial cooperation. It was noted that Georgia has always been a supporter of peaceful cooperation and coexistence in the South Caucasus and stands ready to promote the regional dialogue. The President of Armenia expressed his gratitude to Irakli Garibashvili for the contribution made to the process of peaceful dialogue.

Development and advancement of cooperation between the nations was discussed in the areas of energy, connectivity and Black Sea security. Cooperation in the field of trade was discussed. It was noted that trade volumes reached 170.49 MLN USD in Q1 of 2022, which is a 12% increase compared to the previous year. It was highlighted that more room exists for a further increase of trade volumes between Armenia and Georgia.

Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Robert Khachatryan, Minister of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia; Paruyr Hovhannisyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia; H.E. Ruben Sadoyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Georgia; Tatevik Karapetyan, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Armenia.

Attendees from the Georgian side included Levan Davitashvili, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration; Lasha Darsalia, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; H.E. Irakli Kvanchakhadze, Charge d' Affairs of Georgia to the Republic of Armenia.

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Prime Minister Accompanied by Delegation of Georgia Pays Tribute to the Memory of Holocaust Victims during His Visit to Israel

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 31 May 2022 10:33

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Holocaust victims today.

The Head of Government of Georgia visited Yad Vashem together with delegation members during his visit to the State of Israel today.

Irakli Garibashvili had a tour around the museum, laid wreath of garland at the memorial of the victims of Holocaust and made an entry to the Memorial Book.

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Irakli Garibashvili Meets Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of Israel

Published in Politics
Monday, 30 May 2022 13:04

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia started his visit to the State of Israel by meeting his colleague, Naftali Bennett.

Irakli Garibashvili and Naftali Bennett discussed the key aspects of the cooperation agenda between the two countries.

The Prime Minister of the State of Israel expressed gratitude to Irakli Garibashvili for the second official visit.

"It is no secret that we have a mutual belief and respect towards each other. We appreciate that it has been the second official visit to our country" noted Naftali Bennett.

Irakli Garibashvili thanked his Israeli colleague for hosting him today.

"Mr. Prime Minister, first of all thank you for receiving us. It is a great honor to be here. We are close friends and this friendship dates 26 centuries. Once again, thank you!" noted Irakli Garibashvili.

It was noted that 2022 is a jubilee year for bilateral relations, as the 30th Anniversary is celebrated since the establishment of Diplomatic Relations and positive trend of bilateral cooperation in various areas creates opportunities for further advancing our partnership in a number of areas, including education, infrastructure, tourism, trade, agriculture and others.

Attention was focused at the meeting on the development prospects of current cooperation in defense and security.

Irakli Garibashvili expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of the State of Israel for the solid support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel was attended by Ilia Darchiashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Juansher Burchuladze, Minister of Defense of Georgia; Grigol Liluashvili, Head of State Security Service of Georgia; H.E. Lasha Zhvania, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the State of Israel; Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration.

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