Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:56

Georgia’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration and the key directions on the NATO-Georgia relations agenda were the main topics discussed at today’s meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina.

Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina spoke about the supportive measures tailored to Georgia and seeking to expand the country’s defense capabilities even further.

Attention was paid to NATO’s new Strategic Concept. As it was noted, the concept reiterates NATO’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial sovereignty and emphasizes the strategic importance of the Black Sea to the Alliance.

According to the Prime Minister, Georgia has always been one of the most reliable and capable partners of the Alliance, making a tremendous contribution to common Euro-Atlantic security. Irakli Garibashvili underlined that, over the years, Georgia has achieved significant progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

The conversation touched on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the complex security environment in the region and the world. Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s commitment to the policy of peaceful conflict resolution. 

The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Alexander Vinnikov, Georgia’s Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO, Victor Dolidze.

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Ilia Darchiashvili has met with Jordanian Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 12:09

A meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Jordan was held within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
Ilia Darchiashvili and Ayman Safadi highly appreciated the friendly ties established between Georgia and Jordan and once again noted the importance of the historic visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia to the Kingdom of Jordan and the meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II.
The Ministers expressed their readiness to work actively for maintaining and further developing the existing relations. They emphasized the need to intensify tourism and people-to-people contacts between Jordan and Georgia.  According to them, this process will be given an additional impetus by the decision of Jordan's royal family to formally present a plot of land near Jordan River to Georgia.
Focusing on the relations between the two countries in international formats, the sides once again emphasized Georgia's successful cooperation with the Arab League organization and the Arab states, in general.

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Prime Minister’s statement on procuring new helicopters

Published in Justice
Tuesday, 30 August 2022 11:57

We will sell the helicopter purchased under the previous government and intended as a luxury, and we will buy three new helicopters instead, those that will be useful for rescue and other operations, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated at today’s Government meeting.

The Prime Minister pointed out that negotiations on procuring new helicopters are underway, and that the Finance Ministry is also engaged in this process.
According to the Head of Government, all currently available helicopters are perfectly operable and in good condition.
“Mister Vakhtang Gomelauri’s Ministry is working actively on procuring three new helicopters. Although all helicopters are perfectly operable and in good condition, we always pay enormous attention to it, and we have had discussions on this issue. As you know, the state owns one expensive, luxurious helicopter purchased under the previous government for the ex-president. Tens of millions of euros was paid for this helicopter. We made a decision against using this helicopter by anyone. I also would like to underline that, despite the speculations about this helicopter being used in rescue operations, this is a lie, my friends. Of course, we had discussions on this issue, and we decided to return this helicopter to the manufacturer-to sell it, that is-and instead procure three new helicopters, the kind that will be useful for rescue and other operations. This decision has already been made, and now active negotiations are underway, and the Finance Ministry is also engaged in this process,” Irakli Garibashvili said.
 
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Meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia

Published in Politics
Friday, 19 August 2022 17:01

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia today.

Face-to-face meeting between the Georgian and Armenian colleagues was focused on the discussion of the main topics of the current cooperation agenda between the two nations. Cooperation in the sectors of trade and economy, transport and logistics, arts and culture was reviewed. Significance of close partnership and friendly relations was highlighted along with a need to deepen them further.

Irakli Garibashvili shared his condolences with Nikol Pashinyan for the tragedy that occurred in Yerevan.

It was also noted at the meeting that Georgia bears a vital role in promoting peace and stability within the region. Efforts of the country were noted inter alia for organizing a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Tbilisi.

Irakli Garibashvili and Nikol Pashinyan spoke about the situation witnessed in the region.

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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Meir Shamir, CEO of Mivtach Shamir Holdings Ltd

Published in Politics
Friday, 05 August 2022 11:15

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Meir Shamir, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and main shareholder of Mivtach Shamir Holdings Ltd today.

Parties discussed the investment potential of the country and prospects of future cooperation, inter alia including the energy and agriculture sectors.
Discussion was also related to the strategically significant location of Georgia, rising volume of international visitors and tax incentives offered by the country.
Mivtach Shamir is one of the largest holdings operating on the real estate market of Israel, also engaged in the sectors of energy, finance and technologies for over 30 years. Company has a presence in India and USA as well.
Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Doron Grupper, Partner of Mivtach Shamir in the Energy Sector and Shlomo Gigi, Expert on the Operation of Power Plants. Attendees from the Georgian side included Levan Davitashvili, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development (MESD) along with Romeo Mikautadze, Deputy Minister of MESD.
 
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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Pays Tribute to the Helicopter Accident Victim Pilots, Emergency Rescue Squad and Medical Doctors at a Public Funeral Ceremony

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022 17:43

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia accompanied by his graceful spouse – Nunuka Tamazashvili – paid tribute to victims of a helicopter accident at a Public Funeral Ceremony today, as pilots of MIA Border Protection Police, emergency rescue squad and medical doctors were killed in a devastating crash occurring in a high terrain region of the country.

The Head of Government of Georgia paid homage to the memory of victims and expressed his condolences to their mourning families at the Trinity Cathedral.
A memorial service for the souls of the fallen was performed by the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Metropolitan Shio Mujiri of Senaki and Chkhorotsku along with the cathedral priests.
Prime Minister of Georgia was accompanied to the Trinity Cathedral by Mme Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia; MP Shalva Papuashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia; Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi and officials from the executive, legislative and local authorities of the country.
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Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 02 August 2022 14:27

Today, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Arayik Harutyunyan, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

Irakli Garibashvili welcomed Arayik Harutyunyan’s working visit to Georgia and commended the high level of political dialogue between Georgia and Armenia. The meeting underlined the dynamic development of the relations between the two countries as a good foundation for enhanced cooperation in the future.
Arayik Harutyunyan thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia for warm welcome and passed on heartfelt greetings from Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia pointed out Armenia’s keen interest in deepening cooperation with Georgia across a variety of areas and in furthering the bilateral agenda.
The parties discussed various issues from the Georgia-Armenia cooperation agenda, also touching on the situation in the region. Irakli Garibashvili sent reciprocal warm greetings to Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
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Prime Minister of Georgia Meets UNGA76 President

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 26 July 2022 13:18

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76) today.

Dignitaries discussed the active topics of cooperation between Georgia and the United Nations within the scope of the UN General Assembly.
Focus was made on the current situation witnessed in the occupied regions of Georgia and the significant role of the UN in the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The Prime Minister of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the President of UNGA76 for the solid support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
Focus was made on peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and gender equality.
Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Kemlin Furley, Acting UN Resident Coordinator and Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Georgia; Fernando Anders Marani, Deputy Chef de Cabinet for the President of UNGA76; Inga Kanchaveli, Deputy Team Leader on Reforms, Legal and Fiscal Matters; attendees from the Georgian side included Ilia Darchiashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration.
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Georgian Prime Minister’s meeting with IMF Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department

Published in Economics
Thursday, 07 July 2022 13:25

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with the Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The meeting focused on the close cooperation between Georgia and the IMF, with a special emphasis on the new program recently approved by the IMF, especially in light of the situation in the region.
The parties discussed the country's economic situation and macroeconomic parameters, underlining that Georgia maintains positive dynamics, with the average economic growth in January-May reaching 11.2%.
Irakli Garibashvili highlighted concrete directions prioritized by the Georgian government, including the importance of energy independence, reinforcing infrastructure, ensuring food safety, and implementing structural reforms.
The Prime Minister thanked Jihad Azour for support and the work carried out by the IMF for the benefit of Georgia.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Assistant to The Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund, Francisco Parodi, and the IMF Resident Representative for Georgia. Selim Cakir.

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Prime Minister participates in NATO Summit in Madrid

Published in Politics
Thursday, 30 June 2022 15:56

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, took part in today's special meeting of the North Atlantic Council within the scope of the NATO Summit in Madrid. Besides the Alliance's member states, the session's participants included the leaders of Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, and senior EU officials. The meeting discussed some of the challenges facing the global security architecture and the security environment emerging in the Euro-Atlantic space, with emphasis on the need to further the cooperation among NATO member and partner states in order to join forces toward helping maintain rules-based international order. The meeting also discussed the events unfolding in Ukraine. The importance of assisting Ukraine against the ongoing military aggression was also highlighted.

The Prime Minister of Georgia spoke about the worsening security situation in the Black Sea Region and Georgia's steps in light of these circumstances. The Prime Minister, in his speech, underlined the unprecedentedly high level of practical cooperation between Georgia and NATO over the past few years, also expressing hope that the country's progress in implementing reforms will have a positive impact on Georgia's path toward membership.

Several important documents have been adopted at the Madrid Summit, including the new Strategic Concept of NATO 2030, the Madrid Summit Declaration, and the Tailored Support Document for Georgia. Notably, all three documents contain issues of critical importance to Georgia. In particular, they reaffirm the decision made at the Bucharest Summit on Georgia's eventual NATO membership, also reinforcing NATO's open door policy, Georgia's status as an aspirant country, and the Alliance's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The issue of Georgia is reflected in detail in the new Strategic Concept of NATO, the Alliance's guideline document in the course of the next ten years.

Notably, the Tailored Support Document for Georgia, approved at the summit, sets forth concrete measures for furthering Georgia's defense capabilities and enhancing NATO's effective engagement in this process.

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