Mikheil Janelidze will visit Israel to honor to the memory of President Peres

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:15

The Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze expressed his condolences over the death of the Former Prime Minister and President of Israeli Shimon Peres. He expressed his condolences to Israeli State and People.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze left a note in book of condolences and said that Shimon Peres was great politician and had important role in Israeli and World Peace life.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze will visit Israel to honor to the memory of President Peres with the other world's leaders.

Mikheil Janelidze has met the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:30

According to UN  Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, Georgia has made progress in terms of improving the living conditions of internally displaced persons.
 Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, who arrived in Georgia for an official visit on 26 September 2016.
Mikheil Janelidze provided the UN Special Rapporteur with detailed information on the difficult human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions emphasizing the importance of international monitoring mechanisms for assessing the situation in the Abkhazian and Tskhinvali regions.   
The UN Special Rapporteur highlighted the progress Georgia has achieved over the past few years in terms of providing appropriate facilities for internally displaced persons.
„Progress has been made since last year on the issue of housing and moving forward with the IDP law”  - Chaloka Beyani said.
 The sides reaffirmed the importance of the international community’s role in safeguarding the universally recognized human rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, which, first of all, implies creating relevant conditions for their safe and dignified return to the places of origin and for the protection of their civil, economic and cultural rights.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur, prior to his visit to Georgia he appealed for access to Georgia’s occupied territories but was denied. Within the framework of the visit, Chaloka Beyani will visit the villages across the occupation line and will meet the local population. He will also arrive in Zugdidi where he will visit a new settlement of internally displaced persons.

Mikheil Janelidze has met the Turkish Foreign Minister

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Friday, 23 September 2016 15:45

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze  held a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu  on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. 
The two Ministers discussed important issues relating to bilateral co-operation emphasizing the strategic co-operation between Georgia and Turkey as strategic partners. They positively appraised the establishment of the strategic partnership format between the two countries the first meeting of which was in Ankara, in July of 2016.
Mikheil Janelidze and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu  expressed their readiness to further develop bilateral co-operation between the two countries. The Turkish Foreign Minister thanked Georgia for its support of the Turkish people and the democratically elected government of Turkey. He reaffirmed Turkey’s unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its Euro-Atlantic integration. The sides highlighted the successful co-operation of the two countries within the international organisations. The Georgian Foreign Minister invited his Turkish colleague to Georgia.

Mikheil Janelidze has met the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council

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Friday, 23 September 2016 15:33

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullatif binRashid Al Zayani held on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. 
Mikheil Janelidze provided the Secretary General with information on the Georgian Government’s institutional reforms, as well as on the steps taken towards the further improvement of business and investment environment. The sides emphasised Georgia’s transit potential and the government’s plans to make additional investments in the development of multimodal transport corridor.
The Georgian side noted with satisfaction the Gulf States’ dynamic business relations, as well as their increasing interest in Georgia’s tourist potential. The sides spoke extensively about the security challenges in their respective regions emphasizing that the full compliance with the universal norms and principles of international law is major instrument for resolution of the ongoing conflicts. The sides agreed to continue a dialogue by exchanging visits and to promote the Gulf States’ interest in Georgia’s business and tourism environment.  

Mikheil Janelidze has participated in the High-Level Meeting on Protecting Cultural Heritage

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Friday, 23 September 2016 15:03

On the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly,  Georgian Foreign Minister took part in the  High-Level Meeting on Protecting Cultural Heritage – an Imperative for Humanity”: Acting together against the destruction and trafficking of cultural property by terrorist groups and organized crime
The meeting was organised by the Governments of Italy and Jordan, on the joint initiative of UNESCO, INTERPOL and UNODC, and was dedicated to the issues of protecting cultural heritage during conflicts.
Mikheil Janelidze addressed the attending audience underlining the challenge of protecting cultural heritage was well known to Georgia. The Minister noted that the Russian aggression of August 2008 and subsequent occupation have endangered historic monuments located in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia. Mikheil Janelidze underlined that in a continuation of the policy of ethnic cleansing, the cultural heritage of the occupied territories remained a subject to stylistic falsifications aimed at obliterating cultural associations with Georgian history and cultural identity. Ancient works of arts have intentionally being destroyed and Georgian monasteries of many centuries old were being replaced with temples of foreign appearance, the Minister added.
Mikheil Janelidze expressed his deepest regret over the recent attacks on historic sites in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen and underlined that trafficking of cultural goods not only damaged the cultural heritage of the country and eradicated traces of the past, but became one of the main sources of terrorism and organized crime financing.
The Georgian Foreign Minister stated that preservation of cultural heritage was not a task for one particular state – it needed the international community’s joint endeavours. Mikheil Janelidze noted that Georgia welcomed the “Unite4Heritage” campaign and other initiatives launched by UNESCO and that Georgia has successfully participated in one of campaigns and its efforts were assessed as one of best practices.

Mikheil Janelidze has met the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka

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Friday, 23 September 2016 15:02

The Georgian and Sri Lankan Foreign Ministers highlighted bilateral relations at the meeting held on the sidelines of the 71 stSession of the UN General Assembly.
Mikheil Janelidze and Mangala Samaraweera focused on a wide range of issues of common interest, on significant geographic location of both countries that promote the development of the countries’ transit functions.
Mikheil Janelidze informed his Sri Lankan counterpart on the implemented and current reforms in Georgia, on Georgia’s transit role and opportunities as a regional hub in terms of doing business. Mikheil Janelidze and Mangala Samaraweera expressed their readiness to co-operate in the spheres of trade, tourism, culture and people-to-people relations.
In conclusion, the two Foreign Ministers signed the Agreement on visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic and service passports.  

Georgia and Colombia have signed the Memorandum of Understanding

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Friday, 23 September 2016 10:29

Foreign Ministers Mikheil Janelidze and Maria Cuellar signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Georgia and Colombia. Following the ceremony of signing, the Ministers exchanged their views on the future co-operation and underlined the importance of the Memorandum in the development of the relations between the two countries.   
On the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, Mikheil Janelidze held meetings with his counterparts from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ghana and Bhutan.
At the meeting with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez, Mikheil Janelidze highlighted bilateral relations and expressed the readiness to develop co-operation. Manuel Gonzalez underlined the reforms Georgia has carried out, particularly, in the sphere of good governance. The two Ministers also focused on co-operation in the sphere of tourism. Mikheil Janelidze invited his Costa Rican counterpart to pay an official visit to Georgia.
At the meeting with the Bolivian Foreign Minister, the positive dynamic of co-operation was underlined. Mikheil Janelidze informed his Bolivian counterpart on the implemented and current reforms in Georgia, on Georgia’s transit role and opportunities as a regional hub in terms of doing business.   The Honduran Foreign Minister took an interest in democratic reforms carried out in Georgia. Mikheil Janelidze thanked his colleagues for successful bilateral and multilateral co-operation.

Mikheil Janelidze has met the Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India

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Friday, 23 September 2016 10:27

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India M. J. Akbar expressed the readiness to actively co-operate in the development of relations between their countries.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India Mobashar Jawad Akbar held a meeting on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. The two Ministers highlighted the bilateral relations and the positive dynamics of co-operation between Georgia and India; once again underlined the importance of bilateral political consultations held at the level of Foreign Ministries on August in Tbilisi, the second session of Georgia-India intergovernmental commission; and focused on the significant results achieved in the spheres of trade, investments, transport, culture and people-to-people relations.  M. J. Akbar underlined the important economic and business reforms in Georgia.   The two Ministers gave a positive assessment to the enhancement of economic co-operation between the countries; in particular, they put special emphasis on the successful co-operation in the sphere of film industry.
Particular emphasis was put on Georgia’s transit role. In this context, M. J. Akbar underlined that Georgia is a country connecting the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea in the transport corridor.
The two Foreign Ministers also discussed a new practice of co-operation existing between Georgia and India in the spheres of education and culture, expressing readiness to co-operate with a view to developing the relations and to exchanging high-level visits.
Mikheil Janelidze welcomed the Indian Government’s intention to open the embassy in Georgia.   

Meeting with the Minister of Defence of the French Republic

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Monday, 12 September 2016 10:56

Prime Minister of Georgia held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian. 
The meeting commenced with recalling the tragic events of September 11. The parties discussed importance of combating terrorism, international security issues as well as international security issues and the contribution of Georgian military contingent in the European Union peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. 
The parties of the meeting discussed main aspects of bilateral partnership. The conversation touched upon the cooperation perspectives in the defence area and the importance of the exchange programs in the area of military education. 
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Minister of Defence of France for his visit to Georgia and expressed hope that he will support further development of the bilateral relations etween the countries. 
"I am glad that your first visit to Georgia has taken place during the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of establishing the Mountain Training School of Sachkhere. French side has greatly contributed to setting up of this institution. We consider your visit as a clear indication of the solid support of France to Georgia as well as the message of the existing partnership between the countries," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted at the meeting.
Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze attended the meeting held at the Administration of the Government of Georgia. 

North Atlantic Council's visit in Georgia is political support of Georgian Euro Atlantic way –Mikheil Janelidze

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:47

North Atlantic Council's visit in Georgia is political support of Georgian Euro Atlantic way – this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze. According to him, this is a confirmation of the result Georgian Government achieved this period.
“The Secretary General and North Atlantic Council visits our country in the most important time. After Warsaw Summit which is political support of our Euro Atlantic way. This visit highlights all the results our government has achieved : reforms in defense system and implemented project,”-Mikheil Janelidze said. 

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