Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Georgia Sándor Szabó who completed his term of office in Georgia.
The sides discussed issues on the agenda of bilateral relations between Georgia and Hungary. Special mention was made of the increasing dynamic of interaction in various areas and the people-to-people contacts, which, according to the Minister, are further encouraged by direct flights between Georgia and Hungary.
Special attention was paid to Georgia’s tangible progress on the path of integration with NATO and the EU. Sándor Szabó, for his part, reaffirmed Hungary’s commitment to remain the firm supporter of Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for his contribution to the strengthening of relations between the two countries and wished him success in his further activities.
Georgian Foreign Mikheil Janelidze participated in the joint meeting of NDI and the Atlantic Council. The main topic of the session was “Euro-Atlantic Community – Values and Interests”. Memebrs of the NDI Board of Directors and the Cabinet of Ministers and Representatives of various political parties and non-governmental organizations took part in the discussions around this topic.
The closed meeting was attended by Madeleine Albright, Chair of the NDI Supervisory Council, NDI President Ken Wollack, the Georgian Foreign Minister and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Issues.
The delegations signed a protocol of the 4th meeting of the Georgian-Lithuanian Commission on European and Euro-Atlantic IntegrationMonday, 12 June 2017 16:34
According to the Protocol the participants of the meeting discussed a broad spectrum of co-operation between Georgia and the EU. Special attention was paid to the commitment to promote further the deepening of relations between Georgia and the EU, particularly by taking advantage of all opportunities and prospects provided by the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), as well as the Eastern Partnership policy in general.
The delegations, according to the Protocol, underscored the special importance of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on 24 November for setting a strong forward-looking vision of deepening closer relationship between the EU and Partners. They also exchanged opinion over Georgia’s expectations with respect to the Summit.
Both Delegations welcomed the entry into force of the visa-free travel regime for Georgian citizens as of 28th March, 2017, which is a major milestone achieved on the EU-Georgia cooperation agenda and recognition of Georgia’s reform efforts.
The Delegations emphasised the vital importance of the relationship between Georgia and NATO and stressed that Georgia's future membership in the Alliance will benefit the common Euro-Atlantic security. The Georgian Delegation reaffirmed Georgia’s determination to achieve NATO membership, which is a top foreign policy priority for Georgia, and reiterated Georgia’s commitment to continue comprehensive reforms across the areas set out in the Annual National Programme. The parties reiterated that Georgia has all practical tools to prepare for the NATO membership. The Lithuanian Delegation reiterated its continuous support and readiness to further assist Georgia in fulfilling its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
According to the document, the Georgian Foreign Minister provided the Lithuanian side with retailed information regarding the difficult situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. The Lithuanian delegation expressed deep concern over the ongoing occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia/Tskhinvali regions of Georgia and steps towards their annexation by Russia. The Delegations discussed the severe security, human rights and humanitarian situation on the ground, including the intensified military build-up, closure of the so-called crossing points, installation of the barbed wire fences and artificial barriers along the occupation line, as well as continuous discrimination of ethnic Georgians in the occupied territories. The Lithuanian Delegation reiterated its full support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.
The Protocol makes special mention of the economic and trade potential of the countries. The Delegations reiterated to continue active cooperation in intensifying cargo flows between Europe, Central Asia and China by connecting the “Viking” project with TRACECA transport corridor.
The Delegations agreed to hold the next meeting of the Georgian-Lithuanian Commission on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration in Lithuania, in 2018.
Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller outlined the decisions taken by Allied leaders last week in a keynote speech to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi on Monday (29 May 2017). She highlighted that the Alliance is stepping up in the fight against terrorism and making progress on fairer burden-sharing across NATO.
The Deputy Secretary General welcomed that NATO is now a full member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS – a strong symbol of the Alliance’s commitment to the fight against terrorism. NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft will also support the Coalition with airspace management, and a new terrorism intelligence cell at NATO headquarters will improve the sharing of information among Allies. Ms. Gottemoeller stressed that NATO leaders also agreed to do more to ensure fairer burden sharing across the Alliance, with national plans setting out how Allies intend to meet their defence commitments. She highlighted that Montenegro will soon become the 29th member of the Alliance – a clear sign that the door to NATO membership remains open.
The Deputy Secretary General also thanked Georgia for its contributions to NATO, including in Afghanistan. She noted that NATO continues to support Georgia, helping to boost its defence capabilities and to prepare the country for NATO membership. Ms. Gottemoeller added that NPA members play an important role in representing constituents and holding political leaders to account for the decisions they take.
During her visit to Georgia, Ms. Gottemoeller will meet with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Defence Minister Levan Izoria and the Chairman of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze.
Mikheil Janelidze has attended the event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of restoration of diplomatic relations between Georgia and ItalyThursday, 25 May 2017 16:48
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Italian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia Antonio Enrico Bartoli spoke before the attending audience.
Mikheil Janelidze highlighted the traditionally close and friendly relations between Georgia and Italy focusing on the importance of the anniversary date.
According to the Minister, Georgia has received a great deal of assistance from Italy in the democratic development process. Mikheil Janelidze said that Italy’s firm support is decisive for Georgia in its pursuit of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Mikheil Janelidze spoke extensively about various spheres of co-operation between Georgia and Italy, paying special attention to co-operation in the areas of defence and security.
The concert repertoire was entirely made up of the works of Italian composers covering the period from the 16th to the 20th century.
Along with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and the Georgian State Capella, the invited guests – the famous Italian accordionist Mario Stefano Pietrodarki and the outstanding Georgian opera singer Iano Alibegashvili also performed before the audience.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has met the Co-chairs of the Geneva International DiscussionsWednesday, 17 May 2017 16:30
16 May 2017, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with the Co-chairs from the EU, UN and OSCE. The Minister discussed with the Co-chairs the ways to increase the effectiveness of the Geneva International Discussions. Mikheil Janelidze highlighted the need to achieve progress on such issues as the non-use of force, creation of international security mechanisms and return of refugees and internally displaced persons. The Minister emphasized the leading role of the Co-chairs in this regard. Mikheil spoke about the importance of the international community’s principled position on the illegal processes ongoing in Georgia’s occupied territories, as well as about the necessity of implementation of the ceasefire agreement by the Russian Federation. The Co-chairs highly assessed the Georgian Government’s peace policy and efforts towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict. For his part, the Minister thanked them for their contribution to the peacekeeping process.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze attended the Constitution Day of Poland and spoke before the attending audience. The Georgian Foreign Minister referred to the Constitution Day of Poland as a watershed marking the day when the first modern constitution was adopted in Europe.
He also focused on centuries-old friendly relations between Georgia and Poland emphasizing that 28 April marked the 25th anniversary of restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Mikheil Janelidze described Poland’s successful transformation as something that sets an example for Georgia to follow on its path to European integration and expressed the hope the two countries will maintain fruitful co-operation in the future. The reception eventing which was attended by foreign diplomats and invited guests was held on 3 May, In Baltimore Hotel.
Mikheil Janelidze has attended the reception evening to mark the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and GeorgiaWednesday, 03 May 2017 10:30
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze attended the reception evening dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relatrions between Georgia and Israel and to the Independence Day of the State of Israel.
The Minister congratulated the Israeli people on the Day of Independence highlighting the existing friendly and partner relations between the two countries.
The reception eventing was held at the Tbilisi Jansugh Kakhidze Centre for Music and Culture and was attended by memebrs of the Government and foreign diplomats accredited to Georgia. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili also spoke about the centuries-old friendship between Georgia and Israel before the ettending audience.
On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Eastern Partnership countries, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström.
The Ministers exchanged their views over the upcoming summit of the Eastern Partnership scheduled for November 2017. Mikheil Janelidze spoke about the Georgian side’s expectations and priorities with respect to the Summit.
Margot Wallström congratulated his Georgian colleague on the launch of visa-free travel with the EU/Schengen area.
The Ministers also spoke about the situation in Georgia’s occupied regions. Mikheil Janelidze brought to the attention of his Swedish colleague the grave humanitarian situation in these regions.
Margot Wallström reaffirmed Sweden’s strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Mikheil Janelidze extensively spoke about the Georgian Government’s six-point plan and the priorities in the areas of tourism and infrastructure. He also highlighted the importance of full application of the Association Agreement.
The Georgian Foreign Minister singled out for special mention the benefits of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). According to Mikheil Janelidze, after the launch of the DCFTA, the EU became the number one trade partner for Georgia. Margot Wallström invited her Georgian counterpart for an official visit to Sweden.
As part of his visit to Poland, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met his Czech counterpart Lubomír Zaoralek. The Czech Foreign Minister congratulated his Georgian colleague on the results Georgia has achieved on the European and Euro-Atlantic integration path, and in particular, on the launch of visa-free travel with the EU/Schengen area.
Mikheil Janelidze brought to the attention of the Czech Foreign Minister the reforms carried out in Georgia, as well as ongoing or implemented infrastructural projects.
The Ministers also spoke about the human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions, as well as about the role the European Union plays, including via the EUMM, in the process of ensuring security.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked his colleague for his Government’s firm support for Georgia’s European aspirations. Talking points also included the upcoming summit of the Eastern Partnership and its agenda. Lubomír Zaoralek invited his Georgian counterpart for an official visit to the Czech Republic.