The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a farewell meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Georgia, Mr. Jānis Zlamets, who has finished his term in Georgia.
At the meeting, the parties have discussed the importance of further enhancing economic and political cooperation between Georgia and Latvia. The conversation has also touched upon Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
President Margvelashvili has thanked Mr. Zlamets for his personal contribution to the development of Georgia-Latvian relations and wished success in his future endeavors.
The Official Welcoming Ceremony of the President of the Republic of Latvia Is Held at the Presidential PalaceWednesday, 29 March 2017 13:10
As a part of the state visit of the President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady, Mrs. Iveta Vējonis, the official welcoming ceremony has been held at the Presidential Palace. Following the performance of national anthems by the orchestra of the Defense Ministry of Georgia, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and President Vējonis have honored national flags of Georgia and Latvia.
The First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Maka Chichua and Mrs. Vējonis have also taken part in the ceremony. After its termination, Ms. Chichua has hosted Mrs. Vējonis at a tea ceremony, held at the Presidential Palace.
Among the Latvian delegation, the welcoming ceremony was attended by the Minister of Interior Mr. Rihards Kozlovskis, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Georgia Mr. Janis Zlamets, the Chairman of the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with Georgia Mr. Dzintars Zakis, the Head of the President’s Chancery Mr. Arnis Salnajs, the Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President Ms. Maija Manika, the Chief of the State Border Guard Gen. Normunds Garbars, the Deputy Head of the President’s Chancery Ms. Egita Kazeka, the Economic Affairs Advisor to the President Mr. Andis Jekabsons, the Press Advisor to the President Mr. Janis Siksnis, the Director of the First Bilateral Relations Department Mr. Dainis Garancs, and the Second Secretary of the East Europe and Central Asia Division Mr. Guntis Lapsa.
Among the members of the Georgian delegation were the Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Davit Zalkaliani, the Advisor to the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Latvia Mr. Teimuraz Janjalia, advisors to the President and the diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia.
Following the extended meeting of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Raimonds Vējonis, several cooperation agreements between Georgia and Latvia were signed at the Presidential Palace.
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili and the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Rihards Kozlovskis have signed the agreement on border-area cooperation.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Director of Georgian Entrepreneurship Development Agency Mrs. Ana Kvaratskhelia and the Director of Latvian Investment and Development Agency Mr. Walter Jekabsons.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the President of Georgian ICT Business Council, Mr. Giorgi Shubitidze and the representative of Latvian IT Cluster, Mr. Gatis Oss.
Agreement on joint activities was signed between the Chairman of Georgian Telecommunication Association, Mr. Guram Beruashvili and the President of Latvian Telecommunications Association, Mr. Peter Smidre.
Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili along with Minister of Interior of Latvia Rihards Kozlovskis have signed protocol on making amendments to the agreement on “Cooperation in the field of border protection between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Interior of Larvia”. The signing ceremony was held at the president’s palace.
According to the changes cooperation between the countries in the field of border protection will be more enhanced and large-scale. Besides the border protection sphere and patrol police department the agreement also envisages enhancement of the cooperation in migration sphere. The protocol of amendments envisages: exchange of experience on illegal migrants identification, displacement and deportation; treinings for the border guards as well as for other staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The multinational military exercise Agile Spirit 2016 has started today on Orpolo firing range in Akhaltsikhe. Chief of General Staff, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze opened the international exercise and congratulated the Georgian and foreign military personnel on the beginning of training.
“It is a great honor for me to open this exercise. I am very delightful that our brothers from Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the U.S. Navy Forces are here with us. I am very glad that people represented here and their countries appreciate peace. This training is a symbol that Georgia, Urkaine, Romania, Bulgaria and the U.S. are not standing alone and we are doing great job. Heroism does not have nationality and religion. I am very glad that friendship will be forged here that is very important for future success,” said General Kapanadze.
The representatives of the Georgian Armed Forces and local government of Samtskhe-Javakheti region attended the official opening ceremony. Following the official part of event, Chief of General Staff got familiar with the infrastructure of the exercise and was briefed by the Exercise Commander Colonel Malkhaz Makaradze about the scheduled activities and future plans within Agile Spirit 2016.
The military exercise is conducted by the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces and the U.S. Marines. Participating nations of the exercise also are: Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Latvia.
The goal of the exercises is to maintain and strengthen relations with the U.S. and partner countries, support the regional security, improve defensive and offensive operation skills.
Agile Spirit 2016 includes the command post and field exercises. The CPX will start on the territory of the IV Mechanized Brigade in Vaziani on September 3. The exercise will be officially closed on September 9.
On Friday and Saturday (8-9 July 2016), the leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet for a landmark Warsaw Summit. Together, they will take decisions to enhance the Alliance’s security by strengthening its deterrence and defence, and projecting stability beyond its borders.
Allies will agree to deploy four robust and multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. A multinational framework brigade in Romania will provide a tailored presence in south-eastern Europe. NATO will also take further steps to improve cyber defences, civil preparedness and to defend against ballistic missile attack from outside the Euro-Atlantic area.
To project stability beyond our borders, leaders will agree to extend NATO’s training mission in Iraq and to broaden the Alliance’s role in the central Mediterranean. They will also approve the deployment of NATO’s AWACS surveillance aircraft to support the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. NATO will continue its military and financial support for Afghanistan and will strengthen political and practical cooperation with Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
Since NATO’s last summit in Wales in 2014, Allies have implemented the biggest increase in collective defence since the Cold War. Last year, Allies also increased defence spending for the first time in many years. Today, NATO is faster, stronger and more ready for any challenge. The decisions taken at the Warsaw Summit will help to ensure the safety of our citizens for years to come.
There have been 27 previous summits. The first one was in December 1957. The last one was in Wales in September 2014. This Summit is the first to be hosted in Poland and the first to be chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Fifty-eight official delegations will participate in the Summit. This includes all 28 NATO Allies, Montenegro - whose accession to NATO is currently in the ratification process, 26 partner countries and representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. About 2,500 official delegates and 2,000 media representatives will attend.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Ināra Mūrniece, who will attend the festive events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Georgia’s independence. She also participated in the tenth international conference on Defence and Security.
Mikheil Janelidze underlined the importance of the partner countries’ support for the success of Georgia and thanked the Speaker of the Saeima for the visit of the Latvian delegation to Georgia on such an important day. Ināra Mūrniece, for her part, congratulated Georgia on the 25th anniversary of the restoration of independence and reaffirmed the Latvian Government’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The Georgian Foreign Minister and the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament spoke about Georgia’s European integration and visa liberalization process. Mikheil Janelidze emphasised that the Latvian Parliament was among the first to ratify the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, which will enter into force on 1 July 2016. Ināra Mūrniece underlined that Georgia fulfilled its homework effectively and now it is up to the European Union to make a decision on granting visa-free travel to Georgian citizens. Discussions during the meeting focused on the security situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and the threats and challenges related thereto.