Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze signed a condolence book, which has been opened at the Embassy of Turkey, in connection with the terrorist blasts that hit Istanbul, on 10 December 2016.
Mikheil Janelidze conveyed his condolences to the Turkish Government and people.
The terrorist attacks that took place in Istanbul on 10 December 2016 left tens of people dead and injured.
High level guests have attended the event dedicated to nomination of Zurab Pololikashvili for Secretary General of the UN World TourismTuesday, 13 December 2016 16:13
Madrid – an event dedicated to nomination of Georgia’s candidate – Zurab Pololikashvili for Secretary General of the UN World Tourism was held in Madrid. The event was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai.
The Georgian Foreign Minister appeared before the participants of the meeting. In his speech he spoke about the UN World Tourism Organization’s role in advancing tourism as one of the world’s leading sector. The Minister also highlighted the priority importance of tourism in Georgia, which plays a leading role in the economic development of the country. According to Mikheil Janelidze, it is the first case when Georgia nominates its candidate to such a high position within the UN. Mikheil Janelidze expressed his confidence that Zurab Pololikashvili will successfully tackle all tasks on the agenda of the World Tourism Organization.
“Tourism is one of the most important sectors of Georgia, in terms of developing the country, promoting and building its positive image abroad. Nominating Georgia’s candidate for Secretary General of the UN World Tourism is yet another proof that our government attaches to priority importance to tourism” – said the Minister.
Mikheil Janelidze also spoke about Zurab Pololikashvili’s professional background and his experience in promoting the economic development and tourism in Georgia.
Appearing before the audience attending the ceremony of nomination of Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai thanked the Georgian Foreign Minister for his participation in the event.
“I am about to start my final year as secretary general – the position which I have been privileged to hold for almost 7 years, and now I am confident that this position will be taken over by the best candidate who will reinforce the country’s position in this area” - Taleb Rifai said.
The nomination of Georgia’s candidate – Zurab Pololikashvili for Secretary General of the UN World Tourism was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as political cultural and business communities of Spain. The Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Giorgi Chogovadze also took part in the ceremony.
Events will be held in Madrid as part of the election campaign of Georgia’s candidate to Secretary General of the UN World Toursim OrganizationMonday, 12 December 2016 14:35
The Minister will appear before the participants of the meeting. In his speech he will speak about the UN World Toursim Organization’s role, as well as about tourism as one of the Georgian Government’s priority directions, steps taken by Georgia for the development of tourism and reforms due to be carried in the country.
Secretary General of the UN World Toursim Organization Taleb Rifai, Spain’sSecretary of State for Tourism Matilde Asían, the Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Giorgi Chogovadze, representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as political cultural and business communities of Spain.
Discussions focused on the main issues relating to the co-operation in the frames of the organisation, including, political, sectoral and inter-parliamentary relations. Talking points also included co-operation with the organisation’s main partner states (the U.S., Japan) and other international and regional organisations in the GUAM+ format.
At the meeting, Georgia assumed the chairmanship in GUAM for 2017. Mikheil Janelidze presented Georgia’s GUAM chairmanship programme “Together for stronger GUAM” to the Council and focused on the priorities of the chairmanship. In conclusion, the decisions relating to the organisational issues were signed and the protocol of the meeting was prepared.
On 8 December, Hamburg also hosted a meeting in the GUAM-Japan format, which was attended by the GUAM Foreign Ministers and Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi. Particular emphasis was put on the importance of elaboration and implementation of new initiatives and projects in the frames of the “GUAM-Japan Cooperation Programme” signed last year. The GUAM Foreign Ministers thanked the Japanese side for active support and partnership, for organisation of the annual seminars for the GUAM experts with a view of sharing experience in different spheres. In conclusion, the GUAM and Japan made a joint statement for press.
Jean-Marc Ayrault congratulated Mikheil Janelidze on the democratic conduction of elections and underlined the country’s significant progress in carrying out reforms and democratic development.
The two Ministers welcomed the decision to open a permanent representation of the French Development Agency in Tbilisi in January 2017 that will promote the development of co-operation between the two countries in different spheres, including, sharing France’s experience in the spheres of tourism, infrastructure and sectoral development. Speaking about bilateral relations, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Mikheil Janelidze focused on successful co-operation in the spheres of defence and security.
Talking points also included the current security environment in the region and the recent development in Georgia’s occupied territories. By the end of the meeting, Mikheil Janelidze invited Jean-Marc Ayrault to pay an official visit to Georgia and welcomed the decision of France and Germany to hold the regional ambassadorial meeting of the two countries in Tbilisi.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, during a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, underlined that Norway is considering an issue of appointing a diplomatic representative to Georgia.
Talking points included the recent dynamics of political and economic co-operation between the two countries and readiness of the both countries to co-operate in the spheres of business and investment growing. The Norwegian investment to Georgia’s energy sector was particularly emphasised. Discussions also focused on the opportunities in tourism and transport spheres.
Børge Brende underlined the work Georgia has done in the process of visa liberalization process, focusing on the achievement of Agreement between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament on the visa suspension mechanism and expressed the hope that procedures necessary for granting Georgia visa free travel will be completed in due time.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked his Norwegian colleague for support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlamtic integration, underlined Norway’s practical assistance in the process of implementation of the Substantial Package and thanked the Norwegian side for the financial assistance provided to Georgia for the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan.
Within the framework of the 23rd Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, The Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met Representative of the OSCE in Affairs of Freedom of the Mass Media Dunia Miatovich.
Discussions focused on the situation of freedom of the mass media in Georgia. Dunia Miatovich underlined the importance of free and pluralistic media and focused on the progress achieved by Georgia in this regard.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked Dunia Miatovich for the assistance rendered in terms of media development in Georgia and reaffirmed Georgia’s readiness to continue close co-operation with the Office of the Representative of the OSCE in Affairs of Freedom of the Mass Media
Alfonso Dastis Quecedo welcomed the visit of the Georgian Foreign Minister to Spain to be held by the end of this week and the visit of the Georgian Prime Minister in the beginning of 2017, which, according to the Ministers, will promote the enhancement of the relations between Georgia and Spain.
The Ministers also underlined the importance of opening Spain’s Embassy in Georgia. Mikheil Janelidze thanked the Spanish colleague for support of Georgia’s territorial integrity and foreign political aspirations.
Alfonso Dastis Quecedo reaffirmed Spain’s support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations and underlined the importance of granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU. Mikheil Janelidze invited Alfonso Dastis Quecedo to pay an official visit to Georgia.
It is once more confirmed that European Institutes support Georgia. Despite the difficult period they made an agreement,-This statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked to all who has been working on this issue with Georgia and Ukraine.
“We are too close with our goals. We are waiting for good results for our citizens and the people living in the occupied territories of Georgia,”-Mikheil Janelidze said.
The two Ministers discussed issues relating to the co-operation in the NATO frames. Mikheil Janelidze thanked Daniel Mitov for Bulgaria’s active practical support in strengthening Georgia’s defence capability. The Georgian Foreign Minister welcomed the fact that the Embassy of Bulgaria will act as NATO Contact Point Embassy in Georgia next year.
The two Ministers highlighted the current security environment in the Black Sea region and the ongoing developments in Georgia’s occupied territories.
Mikheil Janelidze and Daniel Mitov expressed their readiness to promote the further enhancement of relations and co-operation between their two countries, particularly, in the spheres of international transportation, trade, tourism and culture.