Integration with NATO is Georgia’s unaltered choice – Mikheil Janelidze

Published in Education
Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:46

Within the framework of NATO Days, the Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with representatives of the Kvemo Kartli local self-government bodies, non-governmetal organizations and media.
Mikheil Janelidze expressed his satisfaction that he paid his first visit within the NATO Days to Marneuli – a town with great potential and future ahead of it, whose population is highly motivated to support the forwarding-looking processes in the country. According to the Minister, the main task is to provide the society with insights into Georgia’s NATO and EU integration processes and related challenges.
The Foreign Minister extensively spoke about Georgia-NATO co-operation saying that it serves the goal of enhancing the country’s defence capabilities.
“Integration with NATO is the unaltered choice of Georgia’s security. We have the right to enhance our defence capabilities in order to be able to tackle any kind of aggression” – the Minister said.
According to Mikheil Janelidze, the ultimate goal of the Georgian government is to achieve full membership of the EU.
“Our ultimate goal is to achieve full membership of the EU in roder to become a full-fledged member of the European family and receive all benefits that the citizens of other European countries enjoy. We are sure to achieve this goal because we have outstanding results: We are the leader of the Eastern Partnership with our progress and reforms” – Mikheil Janelidze said.

Foreign Minister to raise Archil Tatunashvili’s issue at meetings with UN officials

Published in Politics
Monday, 26 February 2018 16:36

Vice-Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze will visit Geneva (Switzerland Confederation) on February 25-27, where he will take part in the UN high-level human rights event. 

As InterPressNews was informed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vice-Premier will deliver a speech at the event and will also hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Director General of the UN Office. The head of the Foreign Ministry will also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts and participate in several events, including about the role of human rights in maintaining peace.

"Speaking at the UN High-Level Human Rights Session, as well as bilateral meetings with UN officials, the Foreign Minister will focus on democratic reforms and steps taken in the field of human rights in Georgia. Special attention will be paid to the tragic death of Archil Tatunashvili in the occupied region of Georgia. The Georgian side will appeal to the international community to respond to this very hard fact, which confirms the necessity for presence of international human rights and security mechanisms in the occupied regions”, the press release reads. 

Diplomatic Ski Competition held in Gudauri

Published in Politics
Monday, 12 February 2018 15:46

Gudauri - Diplomatic Ski Competition was conducted in Gudauri, at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.  

Up to 100 foreign diplomats, various government officials and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries took part in DipSki2018 that co-organized by the Mountain Resorts Development Company and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia.
Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and UNDP Resident Representative to Georgia Niels Scott delivered welcoming remarks. Mikheil Janelidze spoke about the government’s strategy and vision about the development of Georgia’s winter resorts

The winners of the tournament have been revealed in various categories. The winner of nomination of foreign female diplomats went to Barbara Kohler the wife of the Swiss Ambassador to Georgia came in first. The winner of the men's competition was the Head of European Union (EU) Delegation's Justice Programme Manager Peter Danis. Ekaterine Alania from the Georgian National Tourism Administration came in first in the state agencies women’s competition while Vasil Kvantaliani from the Georgian Foreign Ministry came in first in the men’s competition.

In parallel to the ski competition, the participants took part in the real-time simulation involving an avalanche-victims-salvation operation.

Mikheil Janelidze has met with the newly-appointed Head of the NATO Liaison Office


Published in Politics
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:04

Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with the newly-appointed  Head of the NATO Liaison OfficeRosaria Puglisi.
The Minister congratulated Rosaria Puglisi on her appointment wishing her success in her future endeavours. Discussions focused on various aspects of Georgia-NATO co-operation, including the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) and the preparation for the NATO Summit in 2018.
Special attention was paid to the important role the NATO Liaison Office plays in terms of facilitating Georgia’s integration with NATO, as well as promoting communication with the population.
According to Rosaria Puglisi, the priority during her term of office will be assisting Georgia in moving closer to the Alliance. She reaffirmed NATO’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Mikheil Janelidze has delivered his remarks at the international parliamentary conference

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:22

Speaking before the participants of the international parliamentary conference: EU and Partners – Embracing Diversity for Stronger Unity, Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze paid special attention to the Georgian Government’s plans for the EU integration: “Georgia has always had a clear vision of its future - our future lies in Europe. Speaking from Georgia’s perspective, - the Eastern Partnership has provided a concrete framework for the realization of our vision.- and we have gained.  Only during the last three years we have accomplished most of the prospects offered by the Eastern Partnership: today we are associated partners of the European Union; we have successfully completed visa liberalisation and joined the Energy Community. For us,  European integration is not simply a foreign policy goal. It is also our domestic policy priority,  since, - as we implement the Association Agreement, European integration has acquired a very direct bearing on Georgian legislation, economy and institutional development” – Mikheil Janelidze said. 
 
According to Mikheil Janelidze, the EU Member States expressed their support for the Eastern Partnership format reaffirming that the 20 deliverables for 2020 initiative will be an important step towards the implementation of Georgia’s EU integration goals. Mikheil Janelidze said that the Eastern Partnership has been a real game changer which brought together six different partner states, with different ambitions, with different interests and different agendas regarding the integration with the EU. The partnership created a policy framework of potentials, contributions and benefits for all sides partnering, which can freely choose the level of their ambitions and goals in relations with the EU.
 
The international parliamentary conference: EU and Partners – Embracing Diversity for Stronger Unity on 4 and 5 December aims to discuss integration with the EU as a framework for promoting internal reforms, indicating the benefits and challenges associated with the EU-inspired transformation.

Mikheil Janelidze has attended the Global Business Forum organized by Bloomberg

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:08

Within the framework of his visit to New York, the Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze attended the global business forum organized by Bloomberg.
The high-level meeting was opened by Bloomberg Founder and President Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, President of the French Republic  Emmanuel Macron and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.
Within the framework of the meeting, Mikheil Janelidze had the opportunity to exchange his views with the world leaders and the heads of the largest business companies, including the former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bloomberg Founder Michael Bloomberg. Underlining the importance of business-government co-operation in overcoming the global challenges, the latter thanked the Georgian Vice Premier for his participation in the event.
On the sidelines of the event, Mikheil Janelidze also met with the Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard Company, Ajay Banga, who expressed his interest in Georgia’s business environment and in identifying priority areas for co-operation with Georgia.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and representatives of international companies took part in the thematic panels and spoke before the participants of the event.

China highly appreciates friendship with Georgia - Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA)

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Friday, 15 September 2017 10:51

The Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Li Jinzao, on the sidelines of the 22ndGeneral Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The Georgian Foreign Minister emphasized Georgia’s successeful co-operation with China in many areas, including in tourism and welcomed the establishment of the world tourism alliance at the initiative of China.

Discussions focused on issues of bilateral relations. Mikheil Janelidze noted with satisfaction Georgia’s active participation in One belt One road Initiative. Special attention was paid to the signing of free trade agreement between Georgia and China, Georgia’s involvement in the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank and many other important projects.

The development of tourism, culture and people-to-people contacts was identified as the priority areas of co-operation between the two countries. It was underlined that Georgia with its winter and summer resorts is an attractive tourist destination for China. Special note, in this context, was taken of the importance of direct flights between China and Georgia and of Chinese businessmen’s rising interest in Georgia’s tourism potential.
 
At the end of the meeting Mikheil Janelidze invited Li Jinzao to Georgia.
The meeting with the Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) was attended by the newly-elected UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili and Georgia’s Ambassador to China Davit Aptsiauri.
 

“We are all united for the success of the UNWTO” - Mikheil Janelidze

Published in World
Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:53

14.09.2017, Chengdu, China – “We believe that this day made us all together and the organization strong and capable to move forward with all the reforms we need in our countries to travel, enjoy and respect. I thank everyone for making it happen”  - The Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze  participates in the official opening of the 22nd General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held in Chengdu, China from 12 to 15 September 2017.

Mikheil Janelidze described as historical the decision to appoint Georgia’s candidate to such high position at the international organization. He underlined that Georgia remains committed to the mission and principles of this organization and is well aware that respect of international rules and obligations is a key for the success of every country, nation and every citizen.

According to the Minister, the Organization must serve the interest of every region, every group of countries and every member of the Organization. “We are all united for the success of the UNWTO” - Mikheil Janelidze said.

Zurab Pololikashvili was elected by the UNWTO General Assembly within its 22nd session taking place in Chengdu, China, from September 12 to September 15.

This is the first time ever that a Georgian candidate has been appointed to such a high-ranking post at the international organization.

UNWTO General Assembly attended by the Georgian delegation has opened officially

Published in World
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:18

The Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze  participated in the official opening of the 22nd General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held in Chengdu, China from 12 to 15 September 2017. The event brought together up to 1500 delegates from 150 countries across the world. 
 
On the sidelines of the General Assembly, Mikheil Janelidze held a brief meeting with representatives of the Chinese Authorities. Highlighting the importance of developing people-to-people contacts and co-operation in tourism, the Chinese side thanked the Georgian delegation for participation in the General Assembly.

The 22nd General Assembly will approve candidacy for the post of UNWTO Secretary-General for the period 2018-2021The 105th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, meeting in Madrid, Spain, on 12 May 2017, recommended Zurab Pololikashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2018. The Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Giorgi Chogovadze also attends the General Assembly.

​Mikheil Janelidze has met Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Published in Politics
Friday, 08 September 2017 11:20

Within the framework of the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, the Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. 
The Ministers welcomed the friendly relations between Georgia and Turkey. The sides expressed readiness to further strengthen strategic partnership and political and economic co-operation.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for assistance in fire control works in Borjomi and Abastumani, as well as for Turkey’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The two Ministers highlighted the importance of co-operation within the trilateral format. Discussions also focused on the progress made in the implementation of international transit and energy projects.
Mikheil Janelidze  and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu welcomed the relations within the Georgia-Turkey High-level Strategic Cooperation Council

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