Irakli Garibashvili meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan, underlines Georgia’s commitment to fulfilling its peacemaking purpose toward long-term peace and stability in the Caucasus Region

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 September 2021 10:31

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
The meeting was held in both face-to-face and enhanced formats within the framework of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister once again recalled his state visit to Turkey and thanked President Erdogan for his exemplary hospitality.
The conversation revolved around regional developments. According to Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia's top objective is to support peace and stability in the region, and the country is committed to fulfilling its peacemaking purpose toward long-term peace and stability in the Caucasus Region.
The dialogue also touched on the agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan through the Georgian Prime Minister's mediation and engaged from the US, resulting in the release of Armenian citizens and maps of mined territories handed over to Azerbaijan. This agreement is an excellent foundation for further cooperation between the neighbors, the parties underlined.
Irakli Garibashvili specifically emphasized President Erdogan's special effort toward further deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries. The parties paid special attention to the expansion of the political and economic ties between the two countries as a top priority, also expressing hope that the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council will convene before the end of this year.
The parties also discussed deepening trade and economic relations even further, pointing out that joint projects of regional importance are good examples of effective strategic partnership, sustainable development, and robust Georgia-Turkey partnership. The meeting also underlined multilateral cooperation, underscoring the great importance of the Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan trilateral cooperation format enabling the parties to discuss a wide array of issues in various sectors.
The Head of Georgian Government once again singled out President Erdogan's personal support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, also for the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration, and expressed his gratitude for that.
After the meeting, the Prime Minister acknowledged his visit in the guestbook at the Turkish House in New York.

Press Service of the Government Administration

 

Chinese, Turkish presidents exchange congratulations on 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Published in CHINA
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 16:42

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday exchanged messages of congratulations on the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between their countries.

Over the past 50 years, bilateral relations have been developing steadily, Xi said in his message, adding that since the establishment of the China-Turkey strategic cooperative relationship in 2010, exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been moving forward in an orderly manner.

Since last year, Xi said, the two sides have been supporting each other in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, and carried out fruitful cooperation on vaccines, which has deepened the friendship between the people of the two countries.

He said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Turkey relations, and stands ready to work with Erdogan to take the 50th anniversary as an opportunity to further advance bilateral ties.

The two countries, Xi suggested, should understand and support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, accelerate the aligning of development strategies, and push for steady and long-term development of their strategic cooperative relationship, so as to bring benefits to both countries and their people.

For his part, Erdogan said Turkey-China relations have a sound foundation for mutually beneficial development.

Over the past half century, bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, transportation, tourism and other fields has achieved tremendous development, he said.

The two countries, he added, have also promoted strategic cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and exerted a positive influence on the region and the world.

In the face of COVID-19, the two countries have been working together and helping each other to ensure the health of their people, he noted.

Turkey, he said, attaches great importance to the development of bilateral relations, and will continue to push forward strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Joint Media Statements Made by Irakli Garibashvili and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 June 2021 12:41

"Honorable Prime Minister, My Dear Friend! Distinguished Members of the Georgian Delegation! Media Representatives! My cordial welcome to you all! I am delighted to have the honor of welcoming Mr. Garibashvili and his accompanying delegation in Ankara today. Mr. Prime Minister has already visited Turkey in his previous capacities as Minister of Interior and Minister of Defense of Georgia. He is a leader, who knows our country well. This year is significant as we are marking the 100TH Anniversary of diplomatic presence of Georgia in Ankara and 30TH Anniversary of Regained Independence of Georgia. We discussed significant topics of our bilateral relations with Mr. Prime Minister at a face-to-face meeting, which was followed by discussions between our delegations. Turkey has been a Number One trade partner for Georgia in the past 14 years. Irrespective of the fact that 2020 has seen a slight decline in trade volumes, we still aim to increase the trade turnover to 3 000 000 000 USD in the nearest future. Negotiations and consultations are also in progress towards extending a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). At the same time, we are strongly committed to increase the trade potential and to advance cooperation between our customs administrations. Same applies to the energy sector and all other areas, which benefit of Turkish investments in the total volume of 214 000 000 000 USD. We have projects of great significance implemented with and in Georgia, which transform the region altogether. South Gas Corridor is among such strategic projects. We created this platform on the grounds of it. We have initiated multilateral cooperation through interconnecting mechanisms and various combination corridors. I need to note that we have built a corridor within this scope and it is currently labeled as the East-West Corridor connecting the Caspian Sea from the Caucasus to China through Turkey.

One of the key segments of the Silk Road, being Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway, transports international cargo from our country and Russia. We discussed the prospect of increasing this railway throughput via Marmaray Tunnel.

We also discussed the fight against terrorism, particularly focusing on the efforts against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO).

We exchanged our views on regional matters. Turkey regards Georgia as a key to regional cooperation. We strongly believe to have all the means to carry out various efforts to strengthen and increase the significance and peace in our region. Within the scope of this endeavor, tripartite cooperation is very important with the engagement of Azerbaijan. Turkey supports any tripartite cooperation - be that Georgia-Azerbaijan-Armenia or Georgia-Azerbaijan-Turkey. We also made a decision to hold a high-level meeting of the strategic council any time soon this year and we instructed Foreign Affairs Ministries of Georgia and Turkey to work on the timeframe. We continue to make bold steps forward by using the available mechanisms. With this mindset, I express hopes and remain confident that our views and meeting will facilitate and develop the current relations between our nations."

IRAKLI GARIBASHVILI, PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA:

"Let me greet You and the host nation. I also greet the media representatives. It is my honor to be visiting you. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you for such a warm welcome.

Turkey has been an utterly important friendly country and strategic partner for us.

You noted very rightly that Turkey has been a Number One trade partner for Georgia over many years now. We have jointly implemented such significant projects as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK), Tbilisi-Erzurum. We have just had a very productive discussion, covering practically every topic related to the cooperation between our two nations. I wish to use this opportunity and publicly express my gratitude personally to you for supporting the sovereignty of our country. Also, I wish to note that Turkey has always been supporting the sovereignty of Georgia and its aspiration towards NATO membership in every existing format. I also wish to echo the statement made by the President in relation to the upcoming meeting of the strategic council, which I truly look forward to. Destiny has made our three nations - Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey - interdependent. We have very strong cooperation, partnership and - what is most important - friendship. Very strong basis exists for implementing more joint projects in future both in bilateral and trilateral formats.

Naturally, we touched upon the current situation in the region. I shared information about the development of events in my country. Logically, we talked about the occupation as well. Of course, peace has no alternative. Every conflict should be resolved through peace. With this optimistic note and attitude, I wish to once again assure you - Mr. President - that we stand ready to work, cooperate and implement a lot of projects together in a very active manner. Once again thank you very much! It is our great desire to see you in Tbilisi any time soon."

 Press Service of the Government Administration

Majority of U.S. senators urge Biden to press Turkey on rights

Published in World
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden’s administration to push Turkey to do more to protect human rights.

Fifty-four of the 100 senators signed the letter, which accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of marginalizing domestic opposition, silencing critical media, jailing journalists and purging independent judges.

“We urge you to emphasize to President Erdogan and his administration that they should immediately end their crackdown on dissent at home and abroad, release political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and reverse their authoritarian course,” the letter said.

NATO ally Turkey has said recently that it wants to improve relations with the United States under Biden, after Washington last year imposed sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of a Russian air defence system.

Biden is expected to be tougher on Ankara over its record on human rights. Since a failed coup in 2016, Erdogan’s government has detained nearly 300,000 people and has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 civil servants. Hundreds of media outlets have been shut and dozens of opposition lawmakers have been jailed.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/turkey-usa-rights-senate-int-idUSKBN2A931X?fbclid=IwAR3J6_dhHhrZWTnFXju_HCFdasm7ngGCwIBpE4CX8zoXwsuv5-zZ-C1qOTo

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Published in World
Monday, 03 August 2020 21:26

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two states exchange congratulations and best wishes on occasion of Eid al Adha. Having noted that this holiday, which is based on the principles of humanity, embodies goodwill and high spiritual and moral values, the sides expressed confidence that Eid Al Adha would give new stimuli to further strengthening of understanding and mutual heal in Muslim world.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the Republic of Turkey is fraternal state for Turkmenistan, cooperation with which has long-term and strategic character.

During the conversation, the sides have noted with delight that Turkmen – Turkish friendly relations receive new content at present time and implementation of joint projects supports to better interstate dialog.

Turkey is one of the countries, with which Turkmenistan successfully develops trade and economic relations, the Leader of the Nation said, having focused on importance of using significant potential for expansion of productive relations in this direction and rendering relative support to each other if it is necessary.

Having confirmed the commitment of two countries to unbreakable fraternal relations, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that all efforts would be put for further strengthening of interstate relations.

Discussing current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides have spoken of the coronavirus pandemic.

Having highlighted that Turkmenistan supports the efforts of the world community in combating of spread of this dangerous infection, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that efforts of all countries have to be consolidated for achievement of specific results.

In this regard, Turkmen leader confirmed invariable willingness of our country to cooperate in development of new methods in this direction.

Continuing the subject and having expressed gratitude to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for special attention of personal contribution to strengthening of interstate relations, the President of Turkmen state expressed gratitude for provided support and medical appliances and personal protective equipment sent to our country. the Head of the State noted that this fact is considered as a symbol of unbreakable friendship between two countries.

In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha, having wished health and success to each other and peace and prosperity to people of two countries.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

 

The Georgian Foreign Minister has started his official visit to the Republic of Turkey

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:26

The Georgian Foreign Minister started his official visit to the Republic of Turkey by visiting the Atatürk Museum and paying homage to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
The Georgian delegation laid a wreath at Atatürk’s tomb and signed the memorial book. According to the Georgian Foreign Minister, Atatürk is the architect of the State of Turkey who blazed the trail in the history of Turkey and mankind as a whole.
As part of his official visit to the Republic of Turkey, Mikheil Janelidze will attend the Ninth Ambassadors Conference. He is due to hold meetings with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Vice Speaker of the Parliament Ahmet Aydın.

PRIME MINISTER PARTICIPATES IN OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF EURASIA TUNNEL

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:15

H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia participated in the official launch of Eurasia Tunnel, a key-note event held in Istanbul today. A 14.6 km tunnel laid underneath the seabed will connect the continents of Europe and Asia, thus contributing to the revival of the historic Silk Road.
Eurasia Tunnel trespasses 5.4 km underneath the Bosphorus. It has been built with a state-of-the-art technology to connect the newly constructed double-deck tunnel with the existing ones. 
Officially launched tunnel was first ever crossed from Europe to Asia by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey and H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, along with other invited officials. 
H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey affixed the memorial plate on the wall of the deepest segment of the tunnel.

PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA MEETS PRESIDENT OF TURKEY

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:34

H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met with H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey today.
Focus at the meeting was made on the strategic partnership between the two countries and further more intensified cooperation.
Keen interest was expressed towards boosting cooperation in politics, trade and economy, transport and energy, arts and culture, along with humanitarian efforts.
Discussions were also related to the significance of Eurasia Tunnel, which is officially launched today. Prime Minister of Georgia, President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey have participated in the key-note event. Parties noted that this project will make a huge contribution to the revival of the Silk Road.
Particular attention was paid at the meeting to the issues of regional security, need to ensure peace and stability in the region. Prime Minister of Georgia once again expressed support and solidarity to the people and authorities of Turkey for the series of terrorist attacks occurring in the recent past. Head of the Government of Georgia noted that such violence should be opposed by consolidation of the civilized world. Georgia stands solidly by its friends in this process. 

NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey-Stoltenberg

Published in Politics
Friday, 09 September 2016 11:26

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Ankara for a two-day visit on Thursday (8 September 2016), in a sign of the Alliance’s enduring support for the Turkish people and their democracy.
On Thursday evening, the Secretary General met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss Turkey’s contributions to the Alliance's shared security – including in Afghanistan, in the fight against ISIL, and in NATO’s efforts to stop human trafficking in the Aegean Sea. 
NATO continues to stand in solidarity with Turkey, with increased naval and air presence, and with defensive missile systems on the border with Syria, Mr Stoltenberg said.
The Secretary General also reiterated NATO’s condemnation of the recent coup attempt, expressing condolences for those who lost their lives, and respect for the courage of the Turkish people. “Any attack on democracy, in any of our countries, is an attack on the very foundation of our Alliance. A strong and democratic Turkey is essential for the stability and security of Europe and the region,” he said.
On Friday, Mr. Stoltenberg will meet with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defence Minister Fikri Işık and other senior officials.

 

Turkey expects Erdogan, Putin meeting to boost ties

Published in World
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:59
The upcoming meeting of Turkish and Russian presidents is expected to speed up the normalization process between the two countries, according to the Turkish Presidency on Monday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Tuesday upon Putin's invitation, marking the first meeting between the two leaders since Russia and Turkey began normalizing relations following the downing of a Russian jet in November last year.
"The visit is expected to accelerate the normalization process between the two countries," the Turkish Presidency said in a statement. Erdogan and Putin are expected to discuss reinforcing bilateral relations, as well as regional and international developments, it added. After the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian jet over the Turkey-Syria border, relations between the two countries soured until the issue seemed largely resolved on June 29 through a letter and subsequent telephone calls between the countries’ leaders.
On June 30, Russia lifted a ban on tourist flights to Turkey following a phone conversation between Putin and Erdogan. Turkish and Russian foreign ministers later met in the Russian city of Sochi on July 1. Putin gave his support to Turkey over the July 15 coup attempt and said he stood by the elected government, offering his condolences to the victims of what Erdogan called the “most heinous” armed coup attempt in modern Turkish history.
On July 22, Russia also lifted restrictions on flights to Turkey, which had been implemented temporarily following the coup attempt, after Turkish officials assured their Russian counterparts that additional security measures were being taken.
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