The Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister has held meetings in Greece

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 17:33

In the frames of the visit, Mikheil Janelidze together with State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze met Speaker of the Greek Parliament Nikos Voutsis.

Discussions focused on the importance of the intensification of the inter-parliamentary relations.  Nikos Voutsis underlined that creation of the parliamentary friendship groups - including the Greece-Georgia parliamentary friendship group - at the Greek Parliament is underway. It should be noted that on 9 November the Greek Parliament’s Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs approved the issue of ratification of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia by a majority of votes. The Speaker of the Greek Parliament informed the Georgian side that the Parliament will finally ratify the document during the next plenary session.  

In the frames of the visit to Greece, the Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister also met Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas, Deputy Minister of Economy,Development and Tourism Alexis Haritsis and the representatives of the big business groups.
During the meeting at the Greek Foreign Ministry, the sides underlined the historical and friendly relations between Georgia and Greece and discussed the prospects for enhancing bilateral relations in political, economic and other sectoral directions. The sides agreed that the next round of bilateral political consultations between the Georgian and Greek Foreign Ministries will be held in the first half of 2016. Dimitris Mardas reaffirmed his support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and for the country’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The Greek Deputy Foreign Minister also expressed Greece’s strong support for the ratification of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement and for the Visa Liberalisation process.
At the meeting with the Deputy Minister of EconomyDevelopment and Tourism, particular emphasis was put on the need to enhance economic relations and on the opportunities of increasing bilateral trade, attracting investments and intensifying co-operation in the field of tourism, particularly against the background of deep and comprehensive free trade area. Alexis Haritsis welcomed the Georgian side’s offer to share experience in the implementation of reforms and to exchange information regarding the integration with the European Union's internal market.
During the meeting with UNESCO goodwill ambassador, founder of the “Marianna Vardinoyannis Foundation” and President of the “Elpida” Children's Oncology Hospital Marianna Vardinoyannis, Mikheil Janelidze informed her on the "Solidarity Fund of Georgia," founded at the initiative of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and expressed the readiness to facilitate the establishment of co-operation between the two foundations in terms of children’s cancer treatment and financing.
The Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister invited Marianna Vardinoyannis to attend the Tbilisi International Solidarity and Innovative Financing Forum due to be held on 16-18 December 2015.

The Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister has met the Romanian Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for Strategic Affairs

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:34

Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met Romanian Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for Strategic Affairs Daniel loniţă, who arrived in Tbilisi for a two-day visit  to participate in the Georgian Defence and Security Conference (GDSC).

Discussions focused on prospects of developing the bilateral economic relations. Particular emphasis was put on the implementation of the energy and transport projects. The two sides underlined the importance of restoration of the ferry service between Constanta and Batumi in October 2014.    

Mikheil Janelidze thanked Daniel loniţă for the active participation in the implementation of the Substantial Package and for the contribution to the EU Monitoring Mission.  

Daniel loniţă in turn reaffirmed Romania’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Mikheil Janelidze has attended the Informal Meeting of the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:09

First Deputy Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze took part in the Informal Meeting of the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held on the sidelines of the Seventieth Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania and BSEC Chairman-in-Office Bogdan Aurescu chaired the informal meeting where discussions focused on the issues relating to co-operation and the agenda of the Organisation.

Participants of the meeting emphasised the need to further develop and increase the effectiveness of the Organization, as well as to intensify co-operation and to carry out effective economic projects within the framework of BSEC.

European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn also attended the BSEC informal meeting. He expressed the readiness to further deepen co-operation between the Organisation and the 

Mikheil Janelidze has been appointed First Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 12:42

Mikheil Janelidze has been appointed First Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia by Decree N 385 of 21 September 2015 of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

Prior to his appointment as First Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikheil Janelidze held a position of Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. He has also experience of working at the Foreign Ministry, in particular, at the Foreign Policy Analysis and Research Centre in 2003-2004.

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