A HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON THE UN GLOBAL COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY IN CENTRAL ASIA WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT

Published in World
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:58

On April 30, 2018, in Ashgabat, the High-Level Meeting "Towards a Comprehensive Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" was held, and the third phase of a joint project supporting the Joint Action Plan for Central Asia (SAP) was launched.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), with the participation of the UN Under-Secretary-General, Head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Department Vladimir Voronkov, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia, the Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive diplomacy for Central Asia Natalia Herman, deputy foreign ministers of the Central Asian states, as well as UN regional structures.

As is known, the first and second phases of the project were implemented in the period 2010-2017 and were devoted to the consideration of four main directions of the Global Strategy for drawing up recommendations on the development of SAP, which is the first of its kind and was adopted in Ashgabat in December 2011.

In the long term, it is expected that the new phase of the joint regional counter-terrorism initiative of UNRCCA and the UNCCT, entitled "Towards a comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia", will be aimed at further strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian states in the field of combating terrorism and preventing violent extremism in a strategic basis.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Voronkov noted that the main activities of the project will include the provision of targeted support in the development of national and regional strategies to combat terrorism and prevent violent extremism, further strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian countries in the priority areas identified in the SAP for Central Asia and facilitating the exchange of best practices in the region and beyond.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan S.G. Berdimuhamedov stated about Turkmenistan's further readiness to offer cooperation with the UNFC on the implementation of the Ashgabat Action Plan of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In this context, the Turkmen side made a number of concrete proposals in this direction using the UNRCCA.

In turn, Ms. Herman noted that in accordance with her mandate in the field of regional and preventive diplomacy, UNRCCA will jointly implement this initiative and promote regional and cross-border cooperation in preventing violent extremism and combating terrorism in coordination with other regional partners active in this field in Central Asia.

At the end of the forum, a Statement was adopted following the results of the High-level Meeting "Towards a Comprehensive Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia".

At the end of the meeting, a press conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan for foreign journalists, accredited in Ashgabat and representatives of the national media.

 

The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister has met the Czech Ambassador

Published in Politics
Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:13
16.01.2018, Tbilisi - Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Vakhtang Makharoblishvili held meeting with the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia Tomáš Pernický.
 
Discussions focused on main aspects of Georgia-EU relations and plans for co-operation in the future. The sides positively appraised the progress Georgia has made in the process of European integration and the reforms implemented in the country. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili thanked Tomáš Pernický for the Czech government’s firm support for Georgia.
  
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister brought to the attention of the Czech Ambassador plans for the elaboration of a road map for European integration reaffirming the Georgian Government’s firm will to use all mechanisms of co-operation with the Government of Georgia, including the Association Agreement and "20 deliverables for 2020".
 
Highligting the importance of the fifth Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels, on 24 November and the declaration adopted there, the sides emphasized that 2018 will be an eventful year in terms of Georgia-EU and Georgia-NATO relations.

On closing, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili underlined the excellent relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic adding that 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic.

 

President Margvelashvili Holds a Farewell Meeting with the Ambassador of Latvia to Georgia

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:52

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.

Kumsishvili will attend the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC

Published in Economics
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:09

First Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Finance Mr. Dimitry Kumsishvili, will attend the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. During the visit Minister will also meet other International Finance Organizations and investor companies.

Mr. Dimitry Kumsishvili as a Minister of Finance as well as Governor for Georgia at World Bank Group, will meet high level officials from the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

First Vice-Minister, Minister of Finance of Georgia Mr. Dimitry Kumsishvili will meet with Katarína Mathernova, Deputy Director-General of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, where EU-Georgia cooperation topics will be discussed.

Minister Kumsishvili will meet various business representatives attending Spring Meetings 2017.

From the Georgian side meeting will be attended by Mr. Nikoloz Gagua, Deputy Minister of Finance.

Meeting with B’nai B’rith International delegation

Published in Politics
Thursday, 29 June 2017 12:13

Today Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with B'nai B'rith International delegation led by the company's President Gary Saltzman.

The conversation during the meeting involved 26 centuries of Georgia-Israel friendship that keeps growing stronger. The Head of Government emphasized strategic partnership with the United States of America.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili introduced Georgia's achievements and the Government's four-point reform agenda to the B'nai B'rith International delegation.

The President of B'nai B'rith International thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia for hospitality and pledged to support investments in Georgia from both Israel and the US.

President Margvelashvili and President Nazarbayev Hold an Extended Meeting

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:47

Following a tete-a-tete meeting, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev have held an extended meeting.
The meeting has been attended by the Georgian delegation, which is comprised of the First Deputy Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, Mr. Dimitri Kumsishvili, the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara Mr. Zurab Pataradze, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Davit Zalkaliani, the Head of the Administration of President, Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council, Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Advisor to the President for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Zurab Abashidze and members of the Parliament.
The parties have mainly discussed the prospects of further strengthening trade-economic cooperation between Georgia and Kazakhstan.
President Margvelashvili has congratulated his counterpart on a successful opening of the international exhibition, "EXPO 2017" and noted that he will also take part in this important forum.
President Margvelashvili has invited President Nazarbayev to Georgia and pointed out that such visits give a significant impetus to further development of bilateral, political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian relations.
As he further noted, Kazakhstan, Georgia's partner, is one of the leading investors in the country and the Government of Georgia does not spare efforts to strengthen cooperation in all possible spheres and identify new areas of cooperation.
The parties have underlined that Georgia and Kazakhstan have a great potential for the development of bilateral, trade and economic relations and more efforts should be made to fully use this potential.
Considering international agreements signed by Georgia in the field of trade, Georgia presents favorable conditions for further expanding trade relations with Kazakhstan.
In regard to developing relations between the two countries, the parties have highlighted Georgia’s role, as a transit corridor, connecting Europe, Caucasus, and Asia and emphasized that Georgia actively works to become a logistical center in the region.
For this purpose Georgia participates in international projects, such as: the new Anaklia port, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and East-West highway projects.
As underlined at the meeting, Georgia has historically been playing an important role in the Silk Road project for many years and is still involved in numerous transport projects.
Georgia welcomes all new initiatives in these areas and is ready to discuss interesting and mutually beneficial suggestions in the collaboration process with partners.
The meeting has also been focused on cooperation in the area of tourism. As noted, tourism between Georgia and the Republic of Kazakhstan develops rapidly on a daily basis.

Farewell Meeting with Papal Nuncio

Published in Politics
Monday, 12 June 2017 16:25

Georgian Prime Minister held a farewell meeting with Nuncio of the Holy See to Georgia Marek Solchinski whose tenure expired recently.
The parties discussed the rapidly growing bilateral relations and the successful visit of the Pope of Rome to Georgia.
According to Marek Solchinski, Pope Francis is happy to have developed after his recent visit excellent relations with His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II.
The Nuncio of the Holy See also emphasized the importance of the years he spent in Georgia, during which numerous reforms were carried out in the country. According to him, Georgia is the constantly progressing regional leader, and a vital role in this process is played by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The Prime Minister of Georgia thanked Marek Solchinski for his contribution to the development of bilateral relations and wished the Nuncio success in all of his future endeavors.

President Margvelashvili Holds a Meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:40

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Mr. Stepan Poltorak, as a part of his two-day official visit to Georgia.
The parties have discussed Georgia-Ukraine bilateral cooperation in the area of defense and the prospects of further strengthening these relations.
President Margvelashvili has reaffirmed his strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and pointed out that Georgia and Ukraine face similar threats and aggression from Russia and share common goals in the foreign policy.
According to the President, Georgia condemns aggressive and illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine in all formats.
On behalf of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Poltorak has thanked President Margvelashvili for his personal contribution in supporting Ukraine at the international arena.
The conversation has also touched upon the preparation for the prospective visit of the President of Ukraine to Georgia, which will be held in the nearest future.
The meeting has also been attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Defence of Georgia Mr. Levan Izoria, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Mr. Vladimer Chachibaia and the Secretary of the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze.

MCA-Georgia Supervisory Board Meeting

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:02

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili chaired today's MCA-Georgia Supervisory Board meeting at the Administration of the Government. Together with the board's members, the event was attended by MCC Deputy Vice President Fatema Sumar, MCC Managing Director Jonathan Brooks, Nicholas Berliner (Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Georgia), and MCC Country Director Jenner Edelman.
MCC CEO Magda Magradze informed the Supervisory Board about the ongoing projects and next year's action plan under the Millennium Challenge Compact.
As it was highlighted during the meeting, the compact covers projects implemented through 2019 to enhance the quality of engineering, technology, and science education and to develop human capital in general, vocational, and higher education. Accordingly, each project contributes to the elimination of unemployment and the empowerment of economy. The Second US MCC Compact (140 million USD), which came into force in 2014, is implemented by the Millennium Challenge Account-Georgia.

 

The President of Georgia and the President of the Republic of Belarus Hold a Tete-a-Tete Meeting

Published in Politics
Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:25
As a part of the official visit to the Republic of Belarus, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a tete-a-tete meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko. The meeting was mainly focused on the prospects of further strengthening cooperation in political, trade-economic, and cultural areas. One of the main talking points was the issues of regional security. The parties have also discussed the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. President Margvelashvili has thanked President Lukashenko for his support of Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and non-recognition policy. According to President Margvelashvili, by signing the so-called Treaty on Alliance and Integration, the Russian Federation has begun annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. If conducted, the announced referendum on integrating Tskhinvali to the Russian Federation will have extremely negative outcomes for the security of Georgia and the entire region. President Margvelashvili has underscored the extreme importance of the international community’s firm position in regard to illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation, in order to avoid annexation of the occupied territories of Georgia. The President of Georgia has expressed concern on the fact that Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region are still inaccessible for the international community and the European Union Monitoring Mission is the only international mechanism on site, which, despite the mandate, is not allowed to enter the occupied territories of Georgia. This further worsens the situation of human rights. The conversation has also touched upon the incident that took place on May 19, 2016 in the village Khurcha. The parties have also discussed the growing dynamics of economic and trade relations between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus and the importance of further strengthening this cooperation. According to President Margvelashvili, Georgian side expresses readiness to share its experience in regard to economic reforms, e-governance, and fight against corruption with Belarusian colleagues. As noted at the meeting, the Republic of Belarus is interested in those opportunities, which Georgia opens up for its partners through the Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA) and active cooperation with other regions. The two presidents have also expressed their readiness to strengthen cooperation in the areas of education and innovation. As highlighted at the meeting, opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia, announced in April, 2015 during President Lukashenko's visit to Georgia, significantly contributes to the further development of bilateral relations between the two countries. The parties have expressed hope that this visit will further strengthen the existing relationship between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus.
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