Upon the initiative of Georgian party, phone conversation with the President of Islamic Republic of Iran was conducted. Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Hassan Rouhani discussed close cultural relationships of Georgian and Iranian people. Sides expressed hope for deepening partnership in the tourism area. It was noted that Georgian party will take tangible steps, namely, the visa regime with Iran will be abolished. Trade and economic cooperation between the countries was also discussed. Parties emphasized sizeable potential that countries have in that area.
Prime Minister of Georgia congratulated the Iranian President on removal of the sanctions previously imposed by the USA and the EU.
The parties discussed regional developments and emphasized high importance of the international security.
The face-to-face meeting of Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Ilham Aliyev was held within the frames of Davos World Economic Forum. Parties discussed good neighborly relations and plans concerning strategic cooperation between their respective countries. The Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of Azerbaijan emphasized once again their strong desire to deepen their cooperation in political, economic and energy sector-related areas.
Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) and Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), are to make a three-day fact-finding visit to Tbilisi from 12 to 14 October 2015.
Topics to be discussed include recent political developments, including reform of the justice system and police and security forces, electoral reform and the media situation, as well as developments with regard to the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The co-rapporteurs are due to meet the Speaker of Parliament, President, Prime Minister, and Ministers of Justice, Internal Affairs and Reconciliation, as well as the heads of the Constitutional Court and the State Security Service, the General Prosecutor and the Public Defender.
Meetings are also planned with Georgian civil society groups, the head of the EU monitoring mission to Georgia, and the members of the Georgian delegation to PACE.
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The President of Georgia met Prime Minister of Slovenia Miro Cerar.
At the meeting the sides discussed the relations between the two countries and noted that for deepening of these relations it is necessary activate the visits of high level.
The President of Georgia thanked the Slovenian side for its support to Georgia’s integration in Euro Atlantic Alliance.
Mikheil Saakashvili shares a post on his official Facebook page, in which he welcomes former Mayor of Capital City of Georgia, Gigi Ugulava, who was released from jail on Thursday evening.
“I welcome releasing of Gigi Ugulava, an innocent man. 14-month absurd is over and the start of the end of Russian oligarch’s regime!” – says former President of Georgia.
“Decision of the Constitutional Court and under the pressure of the international community, the pro-Russian oligarch Ivanishvili was forced to release the political prisoner, the former Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava. This means that started the destruction of the influence of the Kremlin on Georgia,” – wrote Mikheil Saakashvili on his Facebook page.
Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will have an audience with Pope Francis on 18 September.
Discussions will mainly focus on the refugee crisis, the issue of intercultural dialogue and its religious dimension, the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance – an alliance of parliamentarians who commit to taking firm and pro-active stands against racism, hatred and intolerance, involving also religious leaders – as well as relations between the Holy See and the Council of Europe.
In addition, Ms Brasseur will meet Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States.
As Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said, that “Mikheil Saakashvili will be a brilliant Prime Minister of Georgia,” – said Petro Poroshenko to “The Independent”.
Ukrainian President said this in response to a question concerning appointing former Georgian President Saakashvili as Odessa’s Governor.
Poroshenko refused to comment on the issue so far. But as he remarked several times, Saakashvili enjoys the President’s support.
“I deplore the sentencing today of Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison. I have already expressed serious doubts on several occasions about the credibility of the charges against her. Today’s sentence is manifestly disproportionate and raises serious concerns, given the systemic problems with the lack of independence of the judiciary and fairness of trials in Azerbaijan,” said PACE President Anne Brasseur.
“The crackdown on civil society, human rights defenders and independent journalists must stop and I urge the Azerbaijani authorities to take a step back. The authorities’ willingness to respect the fundamental values of the Council of Europe is now seriously in question, and I will raise this issue tomorrow with Azerbaijan’s Speaker of Parliament Ogtay Asadov, whom I am meeting on the margins of the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament,” she concluded.
“I am deeply shocked by the refugee tragedy in Austria – this horror must stop!” said Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “It is appalling and intolerable to see that refugees and asylum seekers who have managed to escape war and conflict have lost their lives, in such inhumane conditions, due to the criminal activities of traffickers. I am appalled and ashamed.”
She added: “Instead of closing borders and building ‘fences’, we must step up efforts to provide shelter and support to all those who require international protection. This is our shared duty and an international responsibility.”
“Everyone must participate and it is our role as parliamentarians to go into the field, meet the people, show solidarity, raise awareness, and suggest solutions. I call on all members of the Assembly, and in particular, the Chairpersons of national delegations, to take the lead and show by example.”