On 21 April 2021, upon the invitation of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev took part in the virtual roundtable on climate change.
The event in participation of authorized representatives from dozens of world countries is taking place in the framework of the preparations to the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) planned to take place in Glasgow in November of current year.
The participants of the roundtable discussed a wide range of issues in the area of climate change, including the mobilization of efforts of the state and private sectors, the opportunities for providing assistance to the vulnerable countries in adapting to the climate impacts and the role of embedding the innovations into the given process.
Speaking at the roundtable, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev voiced the cardinal actions of the Turkmen side on overcoming the global climate crisis on the national, regional and international levels.
Turkmenistan stands for the proactive and long-term international partnership and the development of ecological diplomacy. During the roundtable, the national programmes and strategies of Turkmenistan were voiced, which among others provide for the collective preventive measures on combatting the climate change, transition to the use of ecologically clean and resource-saving technologies, as well as the attainment on the national level the zero level and decrease of greenhouse gas emissions until 2030.
The U.S. Secretary of State has paid a brief visit to Georgia. John Kerry’s plane made a technical landing at the Tbilisi airport. John Kerry was met by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani. They spoke about Georgia-US strategic partnership. The First Deputy Minister thanked the United States and personally John Kerry for the support and contribution to the deepening of the Georgia-US bilateral relations. For his part, John Kerry underlined Georgia’s impressive progress on the path of democratic, political and economic development.
The U.S. Secretary of State reiterated the important role of Georgia in the region. John Kerry wished success to the Georgian Government and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who, according to him, plays an important role in the correct development of the country.
Georgia should stop Russian aggression. Georgia needs the support of United States –this statement was made by the US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. As he noted, the conference held yesterday about changing geopolitical landscape is too important to discuss such issues.
“US support Georgia’s Euro Atlantic way and helps development of this country. Georgia should stop Russian aggression and it needs US support. In the frames of John Kerry visit in Tbilisi bilateral agreement on this issue was signed. Both sides are working on its implementation now,”-Ian Kelly said.
Defence Minister of Georgia left for a week-long working visit to the USA. Tinatin Khidasheli will hold meetings in Pentagon. The visit aims to hold US-Georgia bilateral defence consultations and to launch implementation of the Memorandum on Deepening the Defense and Security Partnership between the United States of America and Georgia.
“Our mission is easy – we start implementation of the Memorandum concluded between the USA and Georgia during John Kerry’s visit in Tbilisi. I hope, as a result of a week-long work we will manage to set all needs and interest for Georgia and its armed forces. The memorandum includes new priorities – Georgia’s territorial defence that has utmost importance for our country. In this process the Georgian Armed Forces will strengthen for the task our defence capability serves for. We need long and fundamental work in order to make the document complete”, stated Defence Minister before leaving for the USA.
US-Georgia Strategic Partnership meeting is also planned in Washington. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for political-Military Affairs, William Monahan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Michael Carpenter, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, davit Zalkaliani and Advisor to the Minister of Defence Shota Gvineria will co-chair the meeting. The sides will discuss regional and multilateral security issues, including occupied territories, counterterrorism, maritime security, crisis management and cyber security.
According to US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly, US support the decision made in 2008 in Bucharest Georgia to become the member state of NATO.
“We know that US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Georgia a few days ago. One of the main massages was that we all support Georgia to become the member state of NATO. The Prime Minister, the President and the Speaker of Georgia confirmed the Euro-Atlantic Integration way of Georgia today,”-Ian Kelly said.
Prime Minister of Georgia summarized the specific results of the US Secretary of State John Kerry. He considered the visit as successful and indicated that John Kerry already obtained tangible deliverables that will bring US-Georgian strategic partnership to a new level.
"The visit of the US Secretary of State John Kerry to Georgia is yet another clear demonstration of the active support to Georgia, Mister Kerry's visit ahead of the NATO Summit in Warsaw exemplifies support for Georgia on its path to NATO integration.
Tangible results of the visit are the memoranda that have been signed - Georgia-US Memorandum on Deeper Defense and Security Cooperation. This memorandum provides a new framework for deeper partnership and covers fields of cooperation that are critically important for strengthening Georgia's security and enhancing its defense capabilities.
Equally important is the signing of another document designed to boost Georgia-US cooperation in the field of education by enhancing the Fulbright Student Program. Consequently, it doubles the number of Georgian students that will receive be able to obtain education n the US.
We have also discussed an important project Growth that will be funded by USAID. It seeks to promote economic growth in Georgia's regions along the occupation line. It is expected that the project will create up to 2,000 new workplaces thus affecting 11 000 families.
I consider that there are quite important achievements that were brought about by the visit and I would like to congratulate you on them!" - Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated.
In case of increase USAID Program in Georgia 2 000 working place will be created – this statement was made by the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the joint press conference with US Secretary in State John Kerry.
“This visit has concrete results in bilateral cooperation issue. We have signed the important document which means deepening defence and security cooperation between Georgia and US. One more document was signed by us today. This is education cooperation. This is the exchange program which gives the opportunity of scholarship,”-Giorgi Kvirikashvili said.
According to him, the sides also discussed USAID program.
The US President supports the independence, sovereignty and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia. This statement was made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry at the joint press conference with Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
“This is my second visit to Georgia and the first visit as the US Secretary in State. I tasted your traditional Khachapuri and Georgian wine when I was here. I am surprised that I had not arrived in Georgia before. Georgia is wonderful democratic country with the difficult neighborhood. The massage of President Obama is that he supports the independence, sovereignty, security and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia. The cooperation between us is deeper now and this is bilateral process,”- John Kerry said.
"I am glad to be visiting Georgia prior to the NATO Warsaw Summit, since I am well aware that joining the Alliance is one of your top priorities. We recognize the importance of the reforms that you have embraced," - with these words the US Department of State John Kerry started the meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Pursuant to John Kerry, the US Government prides itself on its contribution to the development of Georgia and recognizes challenges faced by the country.
"We are proud to be contributing to the process of defining the future of your country. Currently the US contribution is 4.5 billion USD. Our tireless work in the security area that represents one of the important components of strategic partnership," - US Secretary of State indicated.
Main aspects of US-Georgia strategic partnership were discussed during the meeting. The outcomes of 25 years of bilateral partnership as well as perspectives of deepening partnership were highlighted. It was hoped that the agenda of US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter would further reinforce development of relations.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and John Kerry discussed Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes and indicated progress achieved in this regard. According to the Prime Minister, during the Warsaw NATO Summit, Georgia expects recognition of progress attained in view of its North Atlantic integration.
Reforms embraced in view of strengthening of democratic values and promoting economic development in Georgia were discussed. Importance of the US involvement in the reform process was highlighted.
The conversation also touched upon the Parliamentary elections scheduled in October 2016 as well as need of ensuring free, transparent and peaceful environment.
Prime Minister thanked John Kerry once again for his visit to Georgia and assessed this trip as a gesture of unwavering support of the US to Georgia and partnership between the countries.
“I’m glad to visit Georgia before the NATO Warsaw Summit because I understand that to be the member of Alliance is your priority.- this statement was made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry before the meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
According to him, this is his first visit in Georgia and he is glad to be here.
“I understand all the challenges you have and I am proud that we contribute in the future of your country. The US Contribution is 4,5 bl US dollars now. We are working to help you in defence issues,”-John Kerry said.