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.
The Georgian and Greek Foreign Ministers have discussed the prospects for co-operation between the two countriesWednesday, 07 December 2016 13:21
Mikheil Janelidze and Nikos Kotzias discussed opportunities of development of relations in the trade and economic spheres.
Nikos Kotzias reaffirmed Greece’s support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and underlined the importance of granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU. Nikos Kotzias expressed his readiness to visit Tbilisi in the near future.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with newly appointed Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. Talking points included friendly and partner relations between the two countries. Estonia’s strong support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the importance of practical assistance rendered by Estonia in this process were underlined. The two sides expressed the hope that the relations between their countries in terms of the European integration will acquire particular dynamics during Estonia’s EU presidency in the second half of 2017. Sven Mikser reaffirmed his readiness to visit Georgia.
Speaking about the visa-free travel, the two Foreign Ministers highlighted the importance of granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU and underlined that this will be one of the most important tangible results of the EU successful policy in the region.
According to Sven Mikser, Estonia remains committed to the open door policy. The Estonian Foreign Minister underlined Georgia’s impressive progress in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration and stated that Georgia makes significant contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security process, takes part in NATO operations and is actively involved in the Alliance’s activity at different levels.
Discussions also focused on the security challenges in the region. Sven Mikser reaffirmed his support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemned Russia’s annexation policy in Georgia’s occupied territories. Mikheil Janelidze thanked his colleague for Estonia’s active participation in EU monitoring mission.
Mikheil Janelidze underlined that the Government of Georgia makes maximum use of Estonia’s experience in the process of carrying out reforms and focused on the existing successful co-operation between the two countries in different formats. The Georgian Foreign Minister also welcomed the decision to hold the annual meeting of the speakers of parliament of the Baltic and Nordic countries in Tbilisi in 2017.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met with Mr. Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs within the scope of his official visit to Brussels today.
Parties discussed the current cooperation between European Union (EU) and Georgia and prospects of future interaction. Head of the Government of Georgia (GOG) focused on the need to engage in an intensive dialogue with the European Parliament and active role of the latter in the process of EU association. He also stressed the importance of clear support from the European Parliament in the process of visa-liberalization for Georgian citizens. Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs once again confirmed that Georgia has adhered to all the commitments and requirements of the visa-liberalization process. He expressed hopes for the smooth development of the process in future. Meeting held at the European Parliament was also related to the current and anticipated democratic reforms in Georgia, including those in the judiciary system of the country.
Importance of general elections held in a free, fair and competitive environment for the expression of the will by the country's electorate was stressed at the meeting.
Meeting was also attended by H.E. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and H.E. Victor Dolidze, State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
As part of his state visit to Brussels, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Manfred Weber, the Chair of the European People's Party Group. The parties discussed the core issues of EU-Georgia relations. The discussion involved visa liberalization, ways to implement the Association Agreement, and Georgia's ongoing reforms.
At the meeting, special emphasis was placed on the importance of more intense dialogue with the European Parliament and its active contribution to Georgia's association process with the EU. The Prime Minister thanked the European Parliament for its unwavering support of Georgia in the visa liberalization process.
According to the Chair of the European People's Party Group, Georgia remains committed to continuing its political association and economic integration with the European Union. He expressed hope that Georgian citizens will be granted short-term visa-free stay in the near future.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili introduced Manfred Weber to the four-point agenda for Georgia's rapid development, which involves economic reform, creation of a system of professional education, ushering in spatial planning, and governance reform.
Special attention at the meeting was paid to the security issues in the region and the situation in Georgia's occupied territories.
The meeting, which was held at the European Parliament, was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze.
Foreign Minister of Georgia H.E. Mikheil Janelidze welcomed H.E Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP for a bilateral visit to Georgia. The visit took place in parallel with the third round of the high level UK-Georgia bilateral “Wardrop” Dialogue, led by Foreign Minister of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze and Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP. The dialogue is named after Sir Oliver Wardrop, an expert on Georgian language and culture who was posted to Tbilisi as the UK’s first Chief Commissioner of the Transcaucasus from 1919-1921.
Summary: Discussions during the Wardrop Dialogue covered current and future UK-Georgia cooperation in the political, defence and security spheres; process for Georgia’s integration with the EU and NATO; progress on priority reforms, including the government’s 4 point reform plan, and judicial reform in Georgia; and an exchange of views on regional political and security developments. Both sides positively evaluated the work achieved under the Wardrop Dialogue banner so far in the fields of foreign policy, security and defence, business and the economy. The introduction of a new session on People-to-People relations brought a new element to this year’s Wardrop Dialogue, with a particular emphasis on developing educational ties, cultural collaboration and city twinning.
At the opening Ministerial Plenary Session Minister Janelidze gave an update on developments in Georgia since the last session in 2015, including the October Parliamentary elections, and a forward look at the new Government of Georgia's agenda. Minister for Europe and the Americas Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP said that the UK looked forward to continuing to work with Georgia, and gave an update on developments in the UK since the last Dialogue in 2015. He stressed that the UK would maintain a leading role in global affairs through the UNSC, NATO, G7, and G20, and that the UK’s decision to leave the EU would not mean any reduction in its interest in, or commitment to, Georgia and the wider region. Minister Duncan stressed that the UK follows the conflict in Georgia and he condemned the ratification by the Russian Federation of the so-called “agreement” on the creation of a joint group of armed forces in Abkhazia region. In recognition of the value of this annual Dialogue and the close ties between our two countries, Minister Janelidze and Minister Duncan agreed to an upgrade of the UK-Georgia dialogue to become the “Wardrop Strategic Dialogue”.
During official level discussions, the two sides discussed cooperation on political, security and defence issues; business and economic cooperation; and the potential for further expanding people-to-people ties, education and cultural links. In the political, security and defence discussions, the UK side noted that the October parliamentary elections had been competitive and well-administered, and expressed its strong continuing support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations.
The UK also reiterated once again its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, and expressed concern over the grave security and human rights situation in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. The UK firmly supports the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Georgia, based on full respect of the fundamental norms and principles of international law and the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The two sides welcomed the strong security and defence relationship between their two Governments, noting the extent of defence cooperation, and welcoming continued exchange of expertise on Cyber and Counter-Terrorism issues. The UK expressed its appreciation for Georgia’s continuing contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. Both sides welcomed the participation of 160 British military personnel in the US-Georgia military exercise Noble Partner 2016.
The two sides discussed further potential for deepening business and commercial ties, noting that the UK was the second biggest investor in Georgia and that bilateral trade is on an increasing trend. They highlighted the importance of the South Caucasus pipeline as an important component of European energy security.
Finally, the two sides welcomed strong existing people-to-people links and explored ways to increase educational and cultural ties between the UK and Georgia, including the activities undertaken by the British Council in Georgia, English language training programmes, the growing number of Chevening Scholarships for Georgia, with 17 Chevening scholars this year alone, and the strong partnerships represented by the twinning associations between Newport and Kutaisi; Tbilisi and Bristol; and Newcastle and Akhaltsikhe. Both sides agreed that all efforts should be made to support and develop these links further.