Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed his sadness over the recent terrorist attack in Israel. The Head of Georgian Government offered his sympathies to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at meeting.
"Mister President, welcome to Georgia. We are honored to host you. Please accept my sincere sympathies over the terrorist attack in Israel that has claimed four innocent lives and left over ten people injured. It was an act against humanity, and Georgia is standing by you in the fight against terrorism. We are appalled at this heinous act against humankind. Terrorists seek to alter the development agendas of our states, and we must stand together in this process," the Prime Minister of Georgia stated.
The President of Israel thanked the Head of Georgian Government for solidarity.
"Because of the terrorist attack, we were considering postponing this visit to Georgia. But we said no, terrorists cannot stop us. Thus, it is an honor to be with you today," Reuven Rivlin stated.
During the discussion, the successful cooperation between the two countries in different directions was emphasized. The parties pointed out that 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Israel, and expressed hope that it would be an excellent opportunity further to deepen the friendly relations between the two countries.
At the meeting, attention was paid to the mechanisms of successful bilateral relations. The Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of Israel also discussed the countries' growing economic cooperation, trade dynamics, investments of Israeli companies in Georgia, and increasing numbers of visitors. According to the parties, the Bilateral Intergovernmental Economic Commission, the second session of which will be held in Tbilisi after setting the exact date, is an effective mechanism to achieve common economic cooperation objectives.
During the meeting, cooperation in the fields of culture and education was also discussed.
Prime Minister Kvirikashvili thanked the President of Israel for supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty. The meeting was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. After the meeting at the Administration of the Government, the Prime Minister of Georgia hosted the President of Israel at a working dinner.
The Georgian Foreign Minister started his official visit to the Republic of Turkey by visiting the Atatürk Museum and paying homage to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
The Georgian delegation laid a wreath at Atatürk’s tomb and signed the memorial book. According to the Georgian Foreign Minister, Atatürk is the architect of the State of Turkey who blazed the trail in the history of Turkey and mankind as a whole.
As part of his official visit to the Republic of Turkey, Mikheil Janelidze will attend the Ninth Ambassadors Conference. He is due to hold meetings with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Vice Speaker of the Parliament Ahmet Aydın.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has met Defence Minister of the Republic of Armenia Vigen SargsyanFriday, 23 December 2016 10:27
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has met Defence Minister of the Republic of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan, who arrived in Georgia for a two-day official visit.
The sides discussed the bilateral friendly and good-neighbourly relations between the two countries, as well as various aspects of fruitful co-operation. The two Ministers reaffirmed the readiness of the Georgian and Armenian Governments to continue this co-opertaion.
The Ministers also highlighted the importance of strengthening peace and security in the region.
Georgian Foreign Minister has conveyed his condolences to his German colleague over the terrorist act in BerlinWednesday, 21 December 2016 16:38
“Georgia strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and representations, which poses threat to peace and stability both in Europe and beyond. In the face of so many challenges in the present-day world, we wish to express our solidarity with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in its efforts to maintain and further strengthen security in Europe. My dear colleague, in this hour of tragedy, let me convey my sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been affected by this horrific act”.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with members of the European Parliament. The delegation of the European Parliament arrived in Georgia as part of the third meeting of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee.
The sides discussed the issues on the association agenda, as well as priorities of EU-Georgia co-operation. The importance of the European Parliament’s support for granting Georgian citizens visa-free travel with the EU was also highlighted. In this context Mikheil Janelidze emphasized the European Parliament’s particularly positive role and expressed the hope that legal procedures for visa liberalization will be completed soon.
Special mention was made of the European Parliament’s support for Georgia in achieving its European integration goals, especially after the Association Agreement came into force. The sides also underlined the importance of enhancing the parliamentary dimension as well as deepening co-operation within the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee.
Members of the European Parliament reaffirmed their firm support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and European aspirations. The sides emphasized the importance of further intensifying the dialogue and co-operation with a view to contributing Georgia’s rapprochement with the European Union.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Mr. Vladimir Makei.
At the meeting the parties have discussed Georgia-Belarus relations and the prospects of further strengthening cooperation. The importance of strengthening economic and trade cooperation between the two countries was also highlighted.
The President has congratulated Mr. Makei on the occasion of opening the Embassy of Belarus in Georgia. President Margvelashvili has further underscored the significance of deepening relations between the two countries and the existence of the diplomatic corps of Belarus, accredited in Georgia.
The conversation has also touched upon the prospective visit of President Margvelashvili in Belarus, scheduled for the next year.
The parties have also discussed the recent regional situation and the President informed Mr. Makei about the recent developments in the occupied regions of Georgia. In turn, Mr. Makei has once again affirmed his support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The meeting was also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, the Secretary of the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Political Secretary of the President Mrs. Pikria Chikhradze, and the members of Mr. Makei’s delegation.
Mr. Makei has visited Georgia on December 20, as a part of the two-day official visit. As a part of his visit, the official opening ceremony of the Embassy of Belarus to Georgia will also be held.
The possibility of exchanging high-level visits was discussed during the meeting with the Bulgarian Ambassador to GeorgiaTuesday, 20 December 2016 12:10
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova.
On the occasion of his re-appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia handed to Mikheil Janelidze a congratulation letter by his Bulgarian counterpart, Daniel Mitov.
Discussions focused on the close political co-operation between the two countries. The Bulgarian Embassy to Georgia will act as a contact point with NATO during the years from 2017 to 2019, and hence, the sides discussed the issues relating to future co-operation in this area.
The increasing potential of economic co-operation between Bulgaria and Georgia was also highlighted during the meeting. Special mention was made of the important transit role of the two countries and their participation in the development of the Asia-Europe transport corridor. At the end of the meeting the sides spoke about the importance of exchanging high-level visits.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met the Australian Ambassador to Georgia James Larsen (residing in Ankara). Discussions focused on a broad spectrum of relations in bilateral and multilateral formats and prospects for future co-operation.
The sides expressed their readiness to promote co-operation between the two counties in various areas, including energy, agriculture, tourism, education and culture. The sides also spoke about the possibility of carrying out bilateral high-level meetings. James Larsen reaffirmed the Australian Government’s firm support for the non-recognition policy with respect to Georgia’s occupied regions.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has attended the reception evening dedicated to Qatar’s national holiday. Mikheil Janelidze appeared with a speech before the attending audience congratulating the State of Qatar and the Qatari people on their national holiday.
According to the Minister, the relations between the two countries are successful and co-operation between the Foreign Ministries, as well as various line ministries have gained a fresh momentum.
“Qatar’s business interest in Georgia keeps rising and relations between the private sectors of Georgia and Qatar are gradually strengthening. Introduction of direct flights between the two countries is worthy of special mention, in this context. It is a very important decision which will be put into practice tomorrow. Such direct flights to be performed three times a week create far greater prospects for the development of people-to-people contacts, for closer ties between business communities, which, I hope will become even more intensive in the future and will be followed by concrete projects” – the Minister said. At the end of the meeting Mikheil Janelidze thanked the Embassy of Qatar to Georgia for its contribution to the further development of relations between the two countries.