Mikheil Janelidze takes part in the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Eastern Partnership countriesThursday, 13 April 2017 12:10
On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, Mikheil Janelidze will hold meetings with his colleagues from various countries.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Eastern Partnership countries meet once a year within the framework of the Visegrad 4 Eastern Partnership program (V4EaP), which was initiated in 2011 to enhance the cooperation between the Visegrad region and the countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).
Within the framework of the meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrád Group and Eastern partnership, Mikheil Janelidze met his Romanian counterpart, Foreign Minister Teodor Meleşcanu.
The two Ministers spoke about main directions of bilateral relations and prospects for the further deepening co-operation. They also discussed the exchange of bilateral visits in the future. Talking points also included issues relating to the conduction of a meeting of the Economic Commission.
The Ministers also highlighted the importance of conducting bilateral business forums and bringing together business communities of the two countries. Special attention was paid to the need of developing transport communications with a view to improving transport and economic links and portraying the Black Sea as an important transport corridor in the region. The Ministers spoke about the forthcoming summit of the Eastern Partnership. Mikheil Janelidze brought to the attention of his colleague Georgia’s expectations with respect to this summit.
The Romanian Foreign Minister congratulated Mikheil Janelidze on the launch of visa-free travel with the EU/Schengen area and reaffirmed the Romanian Government’s firm support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia Ian Kelly.
The sides spoke about the results of the Georgian Foreign Minister’s visit to the U.S. from 20 to 23 March.
Discussions focused on the meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Economic, Energy and Trade Issues. The issues relating to preparation of a plenary session of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter due to be held in the spring of 2017 were also discussed during the meeting.
Talking points also included aspects of future co-operation within the GUAM-U.S. format.
Mikheil Janelidze has discussed bilateral co-operation at the meeting with the Vice Speaker of the Republic of UzbekistanFriday, 31 March 2017 11:35
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met Sodiq Safoyev, Deputy First Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Within the framework of the meeting, the sides spoke about various aspects of bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries emphasizing the importance of economic co-operation, as well as of participation in joint projects of transport and infrastructure.
The Georgian Foreign Minister briefed Sodiq Safoyev on new opportunities that have been opened up for Georgia by signing the free trade agreement with the EU, as well as on Georgia’s investment environment. The Vice Speaker, for his part, congratulated Georgia on visa liberalization describing it as a landmark achievement.
The sides also spoke about the importance of exchanging bilateral visits. The Uzbekistani delegation was provided with information regarding the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories.
Within the framework of the visit, the delegation from Uzbekistan held meetings with the Speaker of the Parliament, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and senior officials of the Georgian Railways. They also visited the Poti and Anaklia Ports.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Director of the Korneli Kekelidze National Centre of Manuscripts Zaal Abashidze appeared before the attending guests foreign diplomats and journalists.
Archival materials and letters of Georgian public figures, collections of Georgian and Latin manuscripts, illustrations, fragments of Georgian rarities and first Georgian printed books displayed during the exposition provided an ample proof of the Georgian people’s European aspirations.
The exposition made it clear that Georgia is an integral part of European civilization and its historical, geographical and cultural area. Our country’s recent achievement – the launch of visa-free travel with the EU – will also help Georgia get closer to Europe.
The exposition will open in Tbilisi and will tour of Georgian regions. It will also be displayed in many capitals of the world through the efforts of Georgia’s diplomatic missions abroad.
Georgia and the Swiss Confederation mark the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In connection with this fact, the two foreign ministers exchanged congratulation letters highlighting the close partnership between the two countries.
“The Georgian-Swiss relationship has been significantly expanded throughout the last few years and nowadays we mark a number of striking and meaningful achievements in our cooperation” – reads the letter by Mikheil Janelidze.
The Foreign Ministers pay special attention to the intensification of economic relations and people-to-people contacts.
The Swiss Foreign Minister writes in his congratulation letter that “Last Year’s signing of the Free Trade Agreement between EFTA countries and Georgia represents an important step towards closer economic relations.“ According to Didier Burkhalter, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs: “the new Swiss Cooperation Agency for the South Caucasus region to be implemented in the years 2017-2020 will contribute to strengthening the links between the two countries and peoples”.
Georgian government delegation led by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in company with Georgian students and representatives of various communities travelled to Europe on the first flight after the launch of visa-free travel with the EU.
“It is the first historical visa-free travel of Georgian citizens to the EU/Schengen area. Visa liberalization offers Georgian citizens a broad spectrum of opportunities. Here are students who can freely establish contacts with their European friends and colleagues. Here are also businessmen who will be able to find partners throughout Europe, across the 500-million market. Visa-free travel also gives representatives of culture an access to various European programmes and funds and an opportunity to develop joint projects together with European partners” – Mikheil Janelidze said.
The Georgian delegation will first arrive in Athens - the cradle of the European civilization, where they will take part in the Conference titled “Georgia from Europe to Europe”. While in Greece, the Georgian Prime Minister will meet his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras.
Members of the Georgian delegation will visit the historical part of the city and then will leave for Brussels where they will hold meetings Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. A reception evening will be held in Brussels on the occasion of Georgia’s visa liberalization.
As part of the Global Coalition Ministerial Meeting, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with his Australian counterpart , Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
The Ministers noted with satisfaction the successful bilateral co-operation between the two countries. Mikheil Janelidze expressed his gratitude for the role Australia has plaid in terms of raising awareness of Georgia in the southern Pacific region. The Ministers spoke about the successful co-operation within the framework of international organizations.
The Australian side reaffirmed his strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, expressing his concern over the so-called referendum to be held in Tskhinvali. While on the theme of bilateral co-operation, The Ministers spoke about the possibilities to develop economic co-operation between the two countries. The Georgian Foreign Minister updated his Australian colleague on Georgia’s investment and economic potential emphasizing the importance of the country functioning as a hub between Europe and the east region.
The Ministers stressed the necessity of exchanging high-level visits. Mikheil Janelidze invited his colleague to Georgia.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Senator Tod Young as part of his visit to Washington. The sides discussed specific issues of co-operation between Georgia and the U.S. Senator Young reaffirmed his strong support for Georgia expressing his gratitude for Georgia’s important contribution to the peacekeeping missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Minister took special note of the best practice of co-operation with the United States House of Representatives. Discussions also focused on the recent developments in the region, as well as on the security situation in the occupied territories, including Russia’s recent activities there. The Senator pledged his strong support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The sides highlighted the role of Georgia as a reliable ally of the U.S.
Within the framework of his working visit to Washington, the Georgian Foreign Minister held a meeting with Senator Lindsey Graham. Mikheil Janelidze thanked the senator for his active support of Georgia, including for initiating a hearing on Georgia at the Senate Assignments Committee.
The Minister also thanked Lindsey Graham for visiting Georgia together with Senator John McCain.
Discussions focused on Georgia-U.S. partnership the U.S. side’s firm bicameral support for Georgia.
The sides paid special attention to the security environment in the region placing particular accent on the Russian Federation’s steps towards annexation of Georgia’s occupied regions. The Senator reaffirmed his strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.