Today, the Prime Minister of Georgia met with the President of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA).
Nicholas Rémillard thanked Mamuka Bakhtadze for participating in the forum and emphasized that the Prime Minister's speech will be an important message to businesspersons interested in investing in Georgia.
During the meting, the Head of Government described Georgia's investment environment, the country's leading positions in reputable international rankings, and steps to be taken toward an ecosystem for technology and innovation.
The Prime Minister of Georgia is taking part in the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal, Canada. Mamuka Bakhtadze will address the opening session and participate in discussions dedicated to Global Economy in Transition.
The Montreal Conference, held annually since 195, brings together political leaders, and representatives of public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society, to discuss key issues of economic globalization. The forum also promotes direct ties between senior officials and leadership of large corporations.
The Montreal Conference will open on June 10 and conclude on June 13.
Prime Minister's Press Office
President Salome Zourabichvili participated in the parliamentary session dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s membership to the Council of Europe.
The President of Georgia adressed the President of PACE, the Prime Minister, and the Chairman of the Parliament:
“I would like to welcome the Chairman of the Parliament and the Prime Minister. Let me greet the President of PACE, the distinguished Members of the Parliament, and our dear guests!
It may have been difficult to imagine for our society, 20 years ago, that Georgia, by joining the Council of Europe, had taken a step that fully determined our country’s European perspective.
By joining the Council of Europe, we opened the first and main door toward Europe, meant to start us anew with a substantially new agenda. By joining this important European institute, our country started its irreversible process – moving toward Europe.
Membership to the Council of Europe became a great opportunity for our country – for a post-Soviet society that gained its independence through unhindered development of democracy; through preserving those values that were persecuted by the Soviet system. The Soviet system trampled on those values on which our identity was standing and on which our identity depended.
By signing the European Convention on Human Rights, we affirmed that we are devoted to these values and by doing this, we returned back to our natural environment. It is a remarkable fact that Zurab Zhvania’s star was recently inaugurated in Strasbourg in front of the Council of Europe.
His historic words – “I am Georgian, therefore I am European” – remain modern even today. This must be our main symbol as any European contemporary and democratic state stands on free and protected people at first. European states depend on democratic constitutions, rule of law, freedom of speech, equality. Fully sharing these principles is the only right path.
The new constitution, enacted a few month ago, clearly illustrates our aspiration for the development of democracy. Together with the enumerated fundamental rights and freedoms, the new constitution foresees a whole range of new rights, including social, economic, and environmental rights. By doing this, we outlined the path for our future progress. Raising these rights on the constitutional level demonstrates the strong will of our people to make a step forward in overcoming the current world’s challenges.
We all are aware that there is a long way from the reflection of these rights in the constitution to their practical implementation and we should not spare our efforts. However, the paramount fact is that this constitution illustrates the attitude of whole society.
It is the united position of both the people and the government. The main challenge for our country is the grave humanitarian situation and the violation of human rights in our occupied territories. At first, it touches upon the right to life (the recent death of Irakli Kvaratskhelia); it touches upon the native language, both, I ought to emphasize, state languages; freedom of movement; freedom of expression; protection of religious monuments. These facts have a systematic character.
Now, while we celebrate Easter, it is especially painful for our citizens that they could not visit the graves of their family members and relatives. The report presented by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, in which he pays attention to the importance of so-called “Dark Zones”, is extremely important.
Together with our European partners, we express our readiness to start active work in this regard within the frames of protected norms. Also, systemic kidnappings happening along the occupation line must be noted.
We need the strong support of our partners to avoid these gross violations of human rights. It is significantly important that Georgia will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for a six-month term that illustrates this great confidence and recognition. This carries a high responsibility and Georgia is ready to take this responsibility. I believe that with this status we will further successfully accomplish our goal – Georgia toward Europe!’ said the President of Georgia.
On the 1st of May 2019, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has sent a congratulatory letter to the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zelenskiy on his election to the high state post.
“On behalf of the European Union, we would like to congratulate you on your election as President of Ukraine,” said President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in a joint statement on 22 April.
“Allow us to express our appreciation for the strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law that the people of Ukraine have demonstrated throughout the electoral process,” they added. “This is a major achievement in the complex political, economic and security environment, against the backdrop of continuous challenges to Ukraine's territorial integrity.”
President Tusk and President Juncker said that significant progress has been made in the five years since Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity. They added that “much remains to be accomplished to fully realise the peaceful, democratic and prosperous Ukraine that its citizens have called for”.
“As President of Ukraine, you can count on the EU's strong support to Ukraine's reform path, including consolidating the rule of law, fighting corruption, maintaining macro-financial stability and pursuing the essential reform of the energy sector,” highlighted Tusk and Juncker. “We strongly believe the further implementation by the EU and Ukraine of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, can be a crucial instrument in this respect. You can also count on the EU's continued and steadfast support of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
“We wish to extend to you our most sincere wishes for a successful term as President and look forward to meeting you at the earliest mutually agreed date,” concluded the statement.
Speaking for the press after the talks and signing of the package of Turkmen – Korean documents, President Moon Jae-in expressed the gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for cordial welcome.
- This is my first visit to Central Asia after my appointment to the post of the President and I think it is very important that Turkmenistan is the first country in the rank of planned visit, - the Head of the Republic of Korea said.
Turkmenistan has reached high level of social and economic development and made big contribution to the achievement of peace and prosperity in the region for the years of independence, Moon Jae-in highlighted, having expressed the respect to the fortitude and commitment of Turkmen people.
- First of all, we have common vision of the perspectives of prosperity of Eurasian continent. For achievement of these goals, Korea promotes new northern policy and Turkmen side expressed the support to this strategy today. I highly appreciate the efforts of Turkmenistan for making of the country as transit and transport hub of regional and continental significance. We agreed to consolidate the efforts for promotion of integration processes in Eurasia, - Moon Jae-in noted.
Speaking of priorities of bilateral cooperation, the President of the Republic of Korea outlined the sphere of culture and education.
- We have come to single opinion about the expansion of the programme of study of Korean language and opening of Sijo School in Turkmenistan as well as have agreed to expand the opportunity for Turkmen student to have practical training in our country. I hope for activation of the contacts in cultural, art, tourism, educational and sport spheres for the nations of two countries would be able to know and understand better each other, - Moon Jae-in noted.
The President of the Republic of Korea also said that construction of big petrochemical complex has been completed last year in Kiyanly, Balkan Velayat and this is the evidence that Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea are efficient partners, high-ranking guest said, having expressed the hope that Korean companies would participate in the projects in fuel and energy sector promoted by the Government of Turkmenistan more actively.
- Today, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that great importance would be given to the cooperation with Korean companies. This is great support for us. Actively using existing potential, we would continue the cooperation and implementation of the projects, which would be the second and third Kiyanly, - the President of the Republic of Korea said.
The sides agreed to consolidate the efforts in training of personnel in industrial, fuel and energy spheres under support of Korean Plant Industry Association and Korean Institute of Industrial Technologies. Our country will train highly qualified engineers, exchange the information improving economic competiveness by this.
The agreement in activation of the partnership in health protection and digital technologies spheres has also been reached. It is directly related to the wealth and health of the citizens. In this context, Moon Jae-in highlighted the importance of the project of development of the system of electronic health protection including distant medicine.
- The Republic of Korea was the first in the world to start the commercialization of 5G technologies. The country takes leading positions in development of information and communication technologies. Based on the Memorandum of Understanding for Information and Communication Technologies, our country would be able to take part the expansion of digital infrastructure of Turkmenistan, - Moon Jae-in said
The Leader of friendly country has also stated with delight the similarity of the approaches to the solution of ecological problems and expressed the gratitude to Turkmenistan for the decision to become a members of the Global Institute of Green Growth. I hope that cooperation in ecological sphere including the problem of Aral Sea would be the contribution to stability and prosperity of Central Asia.
The Heads of two countries have also agreed on cooperation in the subjects of achievement of peace and prosperity of Korean Peninsula.
- President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the support to the Government of the Republic of Korea for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula and establishment of peace. Turkmenistan support is very important for us, - President Moon Jae-in said, having expressed the gratitude to Turkmen leader.
The President of the Republic of Korea has also expressed the respect to the efforts of Turkmenistan for establishment of peace in the region, stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. Using the platform of the forum “The Republic of Korea – Central Asia”, we would be able to bring the positions closer and to activate the cooperation, - President Moon Jae-in said.
- I am confident that today’s meeting would give an important impulse to interstate cooperation and rapprochement of people of our countries, the Head of the Republic of Korea highlighted in the end.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan and President of the Republic of Korea familiarize with polyethylene and polypropylene productsFriday, 19 April 2019 12:35
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in visited the largest in the region gas chemical complex in Kiyanly, built with the participation of large Korean companies - LG and Hyundai.
Getting acquainted with the technological capacities of the enterprise, the leaders of the two countries evaluated the range and quality of products manufactured at the polymer plant.
As is known, the demand for polypropylene and polyethylene grows all around the world due to their unique properties - lightness, durability, environmental friendliness, resistance to high temperatures. Thanks to the development of innovative technologies, their applications widely expands.
That is vividly proved by the exhibition of samples of the products manufactured at the gas chemical complex in Kiyanly, which showcased the technological possibilities of production and the prospects for its development.
The President of Turkmenistan and the President of the Republic of Korea examined the product samples. Among them are pipe products of a wide profile, packaging materials and containers, films of various thickness, synthetic yarn for manufactured carpets and floor coverings, household accessories, furniture, children's toys, etc.
The polypropylene yarn carpets made in the national ornamental style attracted the special attention of President Moon Jae-in. The Head of the Republic of Korea expressed admiration with the quality and design of manufactured carpets.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The official welcoming ceremony of President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, who arrived in Turkmenistan on the state visit, took place in Ashgabat.
In the morning, the cortege of the distinguished guest, accompanied by the motorcycle escort of honour, headed to the Square of Independence. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov cordially welcomed the President of Korea and the leaders of the two states headed to the podium.
The commander of the Guard of Honour reported to the President of Turkmenistan and the State anthems of the two countries were performed. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Korea Moon Jae-in walked past the Guard of Honour.
The members of the official delegation of Turkmenistan as well as the leaders of the diplomatic corps accredited in our country were introduced to the President of Korea. In turn, President Moon Jae-in introduced the members of the government delegation of his country to the President of Turkmenistan.
The motor cortege of the leaders of Turkmenistan and Korea headed to the Oguzhan Presidential Palace Complex.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The President of Georgia Attends the Religious Service Concerning Restoration of Georgia’s Orthodox Church Autocephaly
President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili, together with members of the Georgian government, attended the service conducted by Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II in remembrance of the restoration of the Georgian Orthodox Church’s autocephaly.
The President of Georgia congratulated the Georgian people on the restoration of the autocephaly of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, noting that the restoration preceded Georgia’s Declaration of Independence and that without such an important decision, we may have never earned our national independence.
“Our country was always as influential as its church. Our state was powerful when the Church was powerful. Therefore, this is a very historic day and I would like to congratulate all of you,” said the President of Georgia.
The Orthodox Church of Georgia regained its autocephaly on 25 March 1917.
President Salome Zourabichvili – NATO Open Door Policy is the Cornerstone for NATO-Georgia RelationshipMonday, 25 March 2019 16:33
President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili hosted the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, as part of his official visit to Georgia.
The President of Georgia expressed her gratitude to Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for visiting Georgia and stated that it is a pleasant and respectful fact to see Georgia and NATO hosting together NATO-led military exercises, an important message manifesting the level of our confidence-based relationship.
“The path that we follow is a very important sign for Georgia’s population - this path is irreversible and there is no alternative. Everything is done on our side, including military and political reforms, to strongly keep this path.
“NATO’s Open Door Policy is the cornerstone for the NATO-Georgia Partnership. This policy continues, especially following the accession of North Macedonia - an important step,” said the President of Georgia.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Georgia is an extremely valuable partner and the door is open for Georgia.
NATO continues to support Georgia and urges the Russian Federation to withdraw its forces from the Tskhinvali region and Abkhazia.
“Madam President, it is really great to be back and meet you again. We last met in Brussels and now here in Tbilisi; that shows strength and high-level of partnership activities that we now have between Georgia and NATO.
“Georgia is a highly valued partner of NATO. Today, I have visited the Joint Training Center where we now are conducting joint exercises - Georgia and the several NATO allies and some partners.
“It shows that Georgian soldiers and the NATO soldiers are able to operate side-by-side and work together. And, I am extremely grateful for Georgia’s contributions in our shared security.
“Georgia is a part of NATO Response Force. Georgia contributes in our mission in Afghanistan and by working so closely together, we are strengthening the security of NATO allies and also helping you. This is something which is in the interest of both Georgia and NATO.
“Georgia is really a unique partner. We welcome the progress you are making, the reforms you are implementing, and we urge you to continue on that path of reforms.
“NATO leaders have stated again and again that Georgia will become the member of the Alliance. I was present at NATO Summit in Bucharest in 2008, where we stated that for the first time. But, we made the same statement, Georgia will become the member of Alliance, after the NATO Summit in July in Brussels last year.
“We will continue to support you as you walk towards membership and we, of course, also recognize and strongly support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. And, therefore we call on Russia to withdraw its forces from South Ossetia and Abkhazia and its recognition of these territories because they are part of Georgia within Georgia’s internationally recognized borders.”
The meeting was attended by Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaliani, Minister of Defense Levan Izoria, Chief of Georgian Defense Forces Vladimer Chachibaia, Head of Presidential Administration Lasha Zhvania, Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO Alexandre Maisuradze, and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Ketevan Makharashvili. From the North Atlantic Alliance’s side, the meeting was attended by Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and NATO Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai, Military Assistant to the Secretary-General Gjermund Eide, Head of NATO’s Liaison Office in Georgia Rosaria Puglisi, Officer of the Euro-Atlantic and Global Partnership at the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division Steffen Elgersma, and Deputy Spokesperson Piers Cazalet.
The top-level talks between Turkmenistan and Bahrain take place in Ashgabat. Upon completion of the one-on-one talks, the negotiations continue in the extended format with the participation of the members of the official delegations of the two countries.
It was noted during the meeting that this was the first state visit of the King of Bahrain to Turkmenistan and therefore, the sides have high expectations of this visit, considering it as an important event in the history of the two countries and peoples.
The agenda of the current talks includes a wide spectrum of issues related to the bilateral relations and every possibility to bring them to a new level, meeting the long-term strategic interests of our states.
The key theme of discussions is the cooperation between Turkmenistan and the King of Bahrain in the foreign-policy sphere, where the both countries demonstrate mutual understanding, common positions and approaches to the main global issues, in particular the sustainable development and security in the world, Central Asia and Middle East.
The sides expressed the confidence in that the political and diplomatic mechanisms and tools should be used to resolve conflicts and ensure the durable and long-lasting peace as well as agreed to mutually support each other in fames of the international organizations.
During the current talks, Turkmenistan and Bahrain have confirmed the commonality of views on such important political issues as contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, the struggle against the universal challenges, including terrorism, extremism, cross-border crime, illicit drug trafficking. The most important condition for such cooperation is the intensification of systematic relations between the governments of both countries and the agencies of foreign affairs.