North Atlantic Council visits Georgia to confirm NATO’s enduring support

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:44

NATO will reconfirm the importance of its partnership with Georgia during a two-day visit of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) starting on Wednesday (7 September 2016).
Today, a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission – chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – will bring together ambassadors from all NATO Allies with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to discuss Georgia’s contributions to transatlantic security, regional security, and Tbilisi’s reform progress.
On 8 September, the NATO delegation will meet with President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Defence Minister Levan Izoria, Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili, and Members of the Georgian Parliament.
During the visit, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and several ambassadors will participate in the Tbilisi International Conference, while Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow will open the new venue of the Information Centre on NATO and the European Union in Tbilisi. The NAC will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre, which is helping to enhance the interoperability of forces from Georgia, NATO Allies and partners through training and exercises.

Mikheil Janelidze comments on LIBE Committee decision

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:35

The decision made by LIBE Committee confirms that the issue of visa liberalization of Georgia has been actively discussing in European Union –this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze.
According to him, Georgian side is waiting for positive decision from EU. Mikheil Janelidze hopes that the decision will be made before elections. He said that LIBE Committee supports the moves made by Georgian Government for visa free regime. 

The Georgian Foreign Minister has met the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Georgi

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:34

The Georgian Foreign Minister and the newly appointed  Ambassador of the State of Israel to Georgia underlined the traditionally historic friendship between Georgia and Israel and focused on the existing potential of co-operation towards the economic, cultural and other sectoral directions.    
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held an introductory meeting with newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Georgia Shabtai Tzur.
Discussions focused on bilateral relations and future prospects, on the increasing dynamics and importance of the high-level bilateral visits, as well as on the intensification of the sectoral co-operation.
The two sides expressed their readiness to make maximum use of a great potential of co-operation development in the spheres of economy, culture, tourism and agriculture.
Shabtai Tzur reaffirmed Israel’s support for Georgia and expressed the readiness to promote the enhancement of the historic friendly relations between the two countries.
The Foreign Minister wished the newly appointed Ambassador success in his future activities.

The newly appointed Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia has presented copies of her credentials to the Georgian Foreign Minister

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:01

At the meeting held between Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria Desislava Ivanova, Bulgaria’s strong support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration was reaffirmed. The Ambassador underlined that during next three years the Embassy of Bulgaria will assume the functions of the NATO Contact Point Embassy
Newly appointed Ambassador Desislava Ivanova presented copies of her credentials to Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
Following the presentation ceremony, at the introductory meeting Mikheil Janelidze underlined the existing traditional friendly and partner relations between the two countries.
Discussions focused on bilateral relations and possibilities to develop transport corridor between Bulgaria and Georgia, as well as on the existing co-operation and plans for co-operation in the political, economic, defence, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres.
Bulgaria’s strong support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration was reaffirmed. In this context, the Ambassador underlined that in 2017-2019 the Embassy of Bulgaria in Georgia will assume the functions of the NATO Contact Point Embassy.
Mikheil Janelidze wished the newly appointed Ambassador success in her future activities. For her part, Desislava Ivanova expressed the readiness to promote the further enhancement of co-operation between the two countries.  

Justin McKenzie Smith presented copies of his credentials to Georgian Foreign Minister

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 12:00

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and newly appointed Ambassador of the United Kingdom Justin McKenzie Smith highlighted the existing strong friendly relations between their two countries and underlined that given post-Brexit new realities the development of bilateral relations has acquired particular importance.      
Newly appointed Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith presented copies of his credentials to Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
Following the presentation ceremony, the two sides discussed the issues of mutual co-operation and underlined that given new realities in Europe as a result of Brexit the enhancement of bilateral relations with the United Kingdom has acquired particular importance. With that end in view the sides should make maximum use of the existing political co-operation format - the Wardrop Dialogue  - which includes almost all spheres of bilateral relations.
Mikheil Janelidze informed Justin McKenzie Smith on the current reforms in Georgia, on the pre-election environment and on the ongoing developments in the occupied territories.
For his part, the British diplomat reaffirmed the United Kingdom’s firm support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Mikheil Janelidze wished the newly appointed Ambassador success in his future activities.

European Parliament committee vote clears way for visa liberalisation for Georgia

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:12

The Government of Georgia today welcomed the European Parliament's justice and home affairs committee's positive decision on visa liberalisation for Georgian citizens, thus sealing the parliament's position ahead of an upcoming plenary vote.
"The report by MEP Gabriel was very positive and we are happy to see it received such widespread support," said Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. "Georgia has spared no efforts to bring this to a successful conclusion - we met and surpassed all EU benchmarks in record time." "We are looking forward to a swift approval now from both the Parliament Plenary and the Council, and expect that Georgians should be able to travel without visas to the EU in the nearest future," he said.
Commenting on the importance of visa-free travel for Georgian citizens, he stressed that this was the yet another tangible and practical benefit of Georgia's EU integration process. "Georgian citizens are overwhelmingly supportive of Georgia's European transformation path which has enabled us to move forward so quickly with reforms. It is important that our citizens understand that this path delivers concrete results - with visa liberalisation they will be able to travel, do business and forge stronger ties with the EU."
Since the receiving of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan in February 2013, in order to meet the EU requirements Georgia has adopted more than 60 legislative amendments; around 70 bylaws, instructions and regulations; and 8 strategies; as well as ratified 7 international conventions, created several new institutions and strengthened the existing ones.

Informal meeting of EU-Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers has been held in Bratislava

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Monday, 05 September 2016 12:42

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze took part in the informal meeting of EU-Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers held in Bratislava at the initiative of Slovakia - the current presidency of the EU Council.
Within the framework of the meeting, the sides discussed Eastern Partnership prospects, the partners’ vision of bilateral relations, as well as the ways to strengthen co-operation between the EU-Eastern Partnership countries.
From the EU, the meeting was attended by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.
Within the framework of the working visit to Bratislava, Mikheil Janelidze held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of France, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Discussions during these meetings focused on important issues of co-operation between Georgia and the EU and the importance of concluding Georgia’s visa liberalization process in due time. The Foreign Ministers of the EU Member States reaffirmed unequivocally that Georgia fully fulfilled the requirements necessary for granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU.  

The Georgian Foreign Minister has met his Austrian counterpart

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Friday, 02 September 2016 13:33

Within the frames of the informal OSCE Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Potsdam, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with his Austrian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
Sebastian Kurz expressed his willingness to visit Georgia in his capacity as OSCE Chairman in January 2017. The Ministers discussed the issues relating to cooperation within the framework of OSCE highlighting the importance of the Organisation’s engagement in the peaceful resolution process of the conflict.
The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Austria reaffirmed Austria’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration, highlighting Georgia’s important progress across this path.

Mikheil Janelidze to take part in non-formal Ministerial of OSCE

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:45

The Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze will take part in the non-formal Ministerial of OSCE. It will hold tomorrow, in the city of Potsdam.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the non-formal Ministerial is hosted by the Foreign Minister of Germany. As it is reported, participant countries and their foreign ministers will discuss security and cooperation issues. Mikheil Janelidze will also hold bilateral meetings.

Mikheil Janelidze has met the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:00

OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights' (ODIHR) Election Observation Mission (EOM) will start functioning in Georgia from today, at the invitation of the Government of Georgia.  The parliamentary elections on 8 October will be monitored by up to 400 observers (main group consisting of 8 observers, plus 26 long-term and 350 short-term observers).
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze received representatives of the Election Observation Mission of OSCE/ODIHR where issues relating to Georgia’s co-operation with the Organisation and the election environment in Georgia were discussed.
According to Mikheil Janelidze, OSCE/ODIHR has been observing the elections in Georgia since 1999. He reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s readiness to assist the Mission in carrying out its functions effectively.
“We highly appreciate ODIHR’s recommendations which played an important role in improving the election environment, in upgrading the election laws and in heightening the quality of Georgian democracy in General” – the Georgian Foreign Minister said. 
The Government of Georgia invited a large number of high-profile international organizations to monitor the parliamentary elections due to be held on 8 October, including the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, NATO Parliamentary Assembly,   European Parliament, Arab League, African Union, International Republican Institute, National Democratic Institute, others.

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