Statement of the President on the today’s Official Statement of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia:
I am deeply concerned by today’s statement of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, according to which the assassination of the high rank cleric of the Georgian Orthodox Church had been planned.
We are in active communication with the Prosecutor’s Office, are following the investigation process and in the interests of Georgia, we are waiting for the prompt conclusion of the investigation that will answer all question as about the possible offenders, so the organizers of this crime.
We see Georgia as a stabilizing force in the region, President Doris Leuthard of the Swiss Confederation stated during today's meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
During the meeting held as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the parties discussed core issues of the friendly relations and partnership between Georgia and the Swiss Confederation.
The discussion involved the growing cooperation potential in various directions, and the importance of the signing of the agreement between Georgia and EFTA was emphasized. Special attention was paid to the bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade and economy, tourism, and education, and the importance of sharing Swiss experience in developing mountainous regions.
The President of the Swiss Confederation took great interest in the Georgian Government's four-point reform agenda. The dialogue also involved Georgia's education reform seeking to advance professional education. The Prime Minister of Georgia expressed hope for Swiss support in reforming Georgia's system of education.
The parties also discussed Georgia-Russia relations and the situation in Georgia's occupied territories.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked the President of the Swiss Confederacy for supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and for mediation in the country's relations with Russia.
At the beginning of the Spring Session of Parliament, the President will be listened. According to the Constitution of Georgia, speech of President is considered once in a year.
According to the Rules of Procedure, it usually takes place on the first day of the spring session. The spring session will open at February 7.
At the invitation of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, the President of Israel, H.E. Reuven Rivlin has paid an official two-day visit to Georgia. As a part of the visit, President Rivlin will hold meetings with the President of Georgia, the Prime Minister, and the Chairperson of the Parliament.
The official welcoming ceremony of President Rivlin and the First Lady of Israel will be held at the Presidential Palace, following which President Margvelashvili will hold meetings with President Rivlin in tête–à–tête and extended formats. After the meetings, the presidents will hold a joint press conference before the media.
On January 10 the President of Israel will lay a wreath on the Memorial of the Fallen Soldiers, fighting for the territorial integrity of Georgia.
The President and the First Lady of Israel were greeted at Tbilisi International Airport by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Davit Zalkaliani.
"Georgia continues its all-inclusive reforms to better comply with to the European Union (EU) norms and standards" said H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia to H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council at the meeting held in Brussels today.
Prime Minister of Georgia arrived at the venue of the meeting - Head Office of the European Council - together with the other members of the Georgian delegation.
Mr. Tusk congratulated the Head of the Government of Georgia (GOG) with the creditable performance at the general elections held in the country, which is of paramount importance for the democratic development of Georgia.
Significance of the current visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia was also noted as an evidence of Georgia regarding EU as its strategic partner. It was mentioned at the meeting that report published by the EU ascertains that Georgia has achieved a substantial progress in terms of political association and economic integration, inter alia by democratic consolidation and advancement of the degree of independence in the judiciary system, protection of human rights and basic freedoms, economic growth and stability, increased inflow of investments and trade with EU.
Parties focused on the prospects of successful completion of the visa-liberalization process and expressed hopes towards visa-free mobility of Georgian citizens in the near future.
Prime Minister of Georgia and President of the European Council spoke about the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) and referred to the upcoming Summit of Eastern Partnership, which will be held in 2017.
Parties commented on the situation in the region and discussed the current locus of the occupied territories of Georgia. Mr. Tusk noted his concerns about the so called agreement concluded by and between Abkhazia and Russian Federation.
By the close of the meeting Prime Minister of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the President of the European Council for his personal contribution in the EU integration of Georgia.
Georgia's European integration, the 2017-2020 Association Agenda, and EU visa liberalization are some of the issues to be discusses by the Prime Minister of Georgia during his state visit to Brussels.
During the visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili held his first meeting with Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament. The parties discussed the core issues of EU-Georgia strategic cooperation.
The President of the European Parliament congratulated Giorgi Kvirikashvili on the successful parliamentary elections and commended Georgia's progress on its path to European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked the President of the European Parliament for assigning a delegation to monitor the recent parliamentary elections in Georgia. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of EU support in the implementation of Georgia's demanding reforms. According to him, the Government of Georgia is committed to continuing its political association and economic integration into the European Union.
Special attention at the meeting was paid to the issue of visa liberalization. According to the parties, Georgia has fulfilled all of its obligations, including all requirements under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, and now it is up to the EU to ensure the successful completion of the visa liberalization process.
The discussion also involved the importance of the effective implementation of democratic reforms in Georgia, including judiciary reform.
The Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of the European Parliament discussed issues and challenges pertaining to regional security, also the situation in Georgia's occupied territories.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Martin Schulz for supporting the non-recognition policy and assisting Georgia in different areas.
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has said he has "great confidence" in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as "candid", with a "warm atmosphere".
Some of Mr Trump's campaign rhetoric cast doubt over long-standing US alliances, including with Japan. The meeting was Mr Trump's first face-to-face with a world leader since winning the presidential election.
The US and Japan have been key allies since the end of World War Two, when the US helped Japan rebuild its economy. The president-elect has vowed to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which Mr Abe strenuously supports as a means of countering China's growing economic strength.
The deal was approved by the Japanese parliament, despite the likelihood that the deal will be cancelled when Mr Trump takes office. Mr Trump has also said Japan needs to pay more to maintain US troops on its soil, and has floated the idea that Japan and South Korea should develop their own nuclear weapons to counter the threat from North Korean missiles. The meeting was reportedly arranged when Mr Abe rang the president-elect to congratulate him, mentioning that he would be passing through New York on the way to an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Peru.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Abe said: "We were able to have a very candid talk over a substantial amount of time. We held it in a very warm atmosphere.
"I do believe that without confidence between the two nations the alliance would never function in the future and as the outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence in."
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the First Lady, Mrs. Maka Chichua have attended the charity concert at Tbilisi State Conservatoire, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of independence of Georgia and the Georgia-Turkey relations.
The concert was performed by Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. Vakhtang Machavariani was the conductor of the concert, while Alexander Toradze – the soloist. The concert was also attended by the representatives of the Presidential Administration and the President's advisers.
"Dear friends, the veterans of the different generations, the veterans of the Second World War and the ones fought for the freedom of their homeland and the global security in the world’s hotspots after the independence of Georgia, I cordially congratulate you on this day.
The measure of the community development is how strongly we appreciate the defenders of our homeland, our veterans. This appreciation is not only the recognition of your past deeds, but also the care for the establishment of the right values and the ideals of the homeland and the supreme law in the future generations.
On behalf of the Georgian people, I thank you for your service and wish you peace, prosperity and luck ", - stated the President.
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia met with William-Bill Sweeney, President of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). At the meeting, preparatory processes and pre-election environment for the upcoming parliamentary elections were discussed.
At the meeting, Tamar Zhvania discussed the projects Election Administration (EA) has implemented with the support of the IFES. Mr. Sweeney emphasized the importance of the memorandum signed between the CEC and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia that serves to ensure equal voting for everyone as well as safe and transparent election environment. The memorandum was developed in cooperation with the IFES.
IFES Regional Director of Europe and Asia, Senior Program Manager in Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as Chief of Party of IFES in Georgia and Deputy Chief of Party attended the meeting together with the President of the organization. The meeting participants gave a positive feedback on the activities implemented by the CEC and stated that EA’s initiatives, including a possibility to observe the counting process online is another step forward.