"Prominent representatives of our diaspora make a special contribution to the establishment of sustainable relations between Georgia and Turkey" - Ilia DarchiashviliMonday, 13 June 2022 16:59
"The scale of the Turkish-Georgian Business Forum clearly reflects the very special, friendly and strategic relations between the two countries - Georgia and the Republic of Turkey," Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili told participants of the Turkish-Georgian Business Forum "Chveneburebi".
The forum was held for the first time with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia at the initiative of the Georgian Historical Diaspora living in the Republic of Turkey and the Association with Georgian and Turkish Businessmen. It should be noted that the Turkey-Georgia Business Forum, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, is the fourth large-scale event organized by Diaspora representatives to ensure their involvement in the country's economic reconstruction process.
According to Ilia Darchiashvili, this year, when the 30th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries is celebrated, the holding of a business forum gains special weight and somehow summarizes the achievements of Georgia and Turkey in developing mutually beneficial cooperation in a number of areas. According to Darchiashvili, it is important to hold this large-scale event with the country, which was one of the first to recognize Georgia's independence and today is one of the active supporters of our country in the international arena.
As the Minister emphasized, "the prominent representatives of our diaspora make a special contribution to the establishment of this wide range and sustainable relationship, because they are the ones who contribute to the establishment of strategic cooperation and the development of economic ties." In addition to being interested in economic projects, they, according to Darchiashvili, are carriers of the culture of the two countries, the values of the two countries and fulfill a special mission in terms of strengthening inter-people ties and popularizing our country.
"Georgian art houses, cultural-educational foundations, societies, creative unions operating in Turkey are a kind of bridge of relations with compatriots. "Chveneburebi interested in Georgia, Georgian language, alphabet, culture gather in Georgian cultural centers, celebrate holidays, celebrate the friendship and joint achievements of two brotherly nations!" - the Minister added.
According to him, the interest of Georgian businessmen working in Turkey in the investment environment and economic opportunities of Georgia is growing day by day. Therefore, it is important to regularly inform them about the current processes, reforms and economic trends in Georgia, which will allow them not only to implement interesting business projects, but also to act as a kind of "investment representatives" in relations with foreign partners.
"We are interested and will support the regular holding of such meetings, which will help our compatriots to discover new spaces, new opportunities and use the country for the better," Ilia Darchiashvili said.
The Turkish-Georgian Business Forum "Chveneburebi" was held in Georgia for the first time with the involvement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the initiative of the Georgian Diaspora living in the Republic of Turkey. The purpose of the business forum is to inform the representatives of the Turkish business community about the investment environment and economic opportunities in Georgia and to attract investments to Georgia with the support of the Georgian Diaspora living in Turkey. Representatives of the economic bloc, relevant state agencies and entrepreneurial spheres are participating in the forum from the Georgian side.
MFA of Georgia
The Speaker, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili held a meeting with the Chair of the Friendship Group with Georgia of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Halil Etyemez and the Group members. According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia, the parties overviewed the years of close and productive cooperation between Georgia and Turkey in various sectors and hailed the recent intensification of the links between the Parliaments. The parties touched upon the regional cooperation. Mr. Papuashvili noted that Georgia attaches utmost importance to the Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan trilateral cooperation.
The emphasis was made on the importance of the enhancement of regional peace.
The Speaker expressed his gratitude to the Turkish MPs for their support to the sovereignty, territorial integrity of Georgia and the non-recognition policy. The parties reaffirmed their commitment to further boosting the strategic partnership.
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Turkey today.
Meeting was focused on the friendly and partnerly relations existing between the two nations. It was noted that since regaining independence, Georgia has regarded Turkey as the most reliable friend. Strategic partnership between Georgia and Republic of Turkey is at a high level and it is important to further advance the current cooperation.
Productive cooperation between the law-enforcement agencies of Georgia and Republic of Turkey was highlighted at the meeting. Discussion was also devoted to the current security environment in the region of South Caucasus, impact of the military activities in Ukraine, need to support peace and stability in the region. The Prime Minister of Georgia believes that the latter is a key precondition for an overall development and prosperity in the region. That is the actual aim and goal of the Peaceful Neighbourhood Initiative of the Prime Minister of Georgia and it envisages the engagement of all three countries of the South Caucasus.
The Head of Government of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Turkey for the unwavering support of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia.
Süleyman Soylu conveyed warm greetings from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey to Irakli Garibashvili.
Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by H.E Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia and Vakhtang Gomelauri, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
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Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia announced Sunday that the next round of one-on-one talks between Kyiv and Moscow will take place in Turkey on March 28-30.
D. Arakhamia made the announcement on social media.
Ukraine described previous talks with Russia, launched after Russia unleashed an invasion last month, as "very difficult."
Ankara hosted the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine in Antalya earlier this month. Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine met for talks in the Turkish resort town of Antalya, which Çavuşoğlu also attended. The talks were largely inconclusive, but Ankara considers the fact that they took place at all a success.
Maintaining its neutral and balanced stance, Turkey continues its diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict, urging all sides to exercise restraint. While Ankara has opposed international sanctions designed to isolate Moscow, it also closed its straits to prevent some Russian vessels from crossing through them.
NATO ally Turkey borders Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has good ties with both. Since the beginning of the conflict, Ankara has offered to mediate between the two sides and host peace talks, underlining its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Having recently called Russia’s invasion an unacceptable violation of international law, Turkey has carefully formulated its rhetoric not to offend Moscow, with which it has close energy, defense and tourism ties.
While forging close ties with Russia on energy, defense and trade, and relying heavily on Russian tourists, Turkey has sold drones to Ukraine, which angered Moscow. Turkey also opposes Russian policies in Syria and Libya, as well as Moscow's annexation of Crimea. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly said Turkey will not abandon its relations with Russia or Ukraine, underlining that Ankara's ability to speak to both sides is an asset.
GELIBOLU (GALLIPOLI), TURKEY: The 1915Çanakkale Bridge was officially opened in a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday 18th March 2022.
Taking it’s title as the world’s longest mid-span and highest tower suspension bridge, the 1915Çanakkale Bridge was completed 18-months ahead of schedule.
Tendered by the Turkish Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, General Directorate of Motorways on 2017, financed and constructed by the Turkish-Korean joint venture partners – DL E&C–Limak–SK ecoplant–Yapı Merkezi – the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will enable the crossing between Asia and Europe continents in six minutes through the Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles). It will also provide a new heavy transit alternative to the Istanbul Strait passage, meaning faster and more cost-effective freight transport, as well as strengthened economic, political, tourism and social bonds for the region.
About the 1915Çanakkale Bridge
At a total bridge length of 4,608 metres, a central span of 2,023 metres and a total bridge tower height of 318 metres (334 metres the top point),the 1915Çanakkale Bridge is the longest mid-span and highest tower suspension bridge in the world. The Bridge connects Gelibolu on the European side, with Lapseki on the Asian side. The bridge is named as 1915Çanakkale in honour and remembrance of the Çanakkale Battle during World War I that took place between Turkish and Allied forces.
The Turkish General Directorate of Highways (KGM) has awarded the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project within the framework of a Public Private Partnership model to a Turkish-Korean joint venture. ÇOK A.Ş. (Çanakkale Motorway Bridge Construction Investment Operation Inc.) is the appointed company of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project. The equal partners of the appointed company are Limak (limak.com.tr) and Yapı Merkezi (ym.com.tr) of Turkey, and DL E&C (dlenc.co.kr) and SK ecoplant (skecoplant.com) of South Korea.
Images and footage available for download here.
The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues on Thursday as relevant parties are working to broker a peaceful solution.
The fourth round of negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian delegations started on Monday via video link and continued into Wednesday.
According to the Ukrainian government-run Ukrinform news agency on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky may hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the coming days.
Zelensky on Wednesday asked the United States to "do more" to help Ukraine defend itself against the ongoing military operation by Russia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey and Poland agreed to step up diplomatic efforts to end the Ukrainian crisis.
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TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEYWednesday, 16 March 2022 14:39
Today, on March 15, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Having warmly welcomed the head of the friendly state, the Turkmen leader said that according to the results of the Presidential elections held on March 12 announced by the Central Election Commission, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected the new President of Turkmenistan.
At the same time, the leader of the nation noted that he intends to continue his active work, but in a new capacity - the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Taking the opportunity, the head of state thanked his Turkish friend and colleague for his great personal contribution to the development of a constructive interstate dialogue and the established fruitful cooperation.
The President of the Republic of Turkey, in turn, congratulated the leader of the nation on the early presidential elections successfully held on a broad alternative basis, which became another clear evidence of the broad democratic transformations taking place in Turkmenistan.
As noted, all significant successes and achievements of the era of power and happiness are associated with the name of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who has been at the helm of the Turkmen state for the past 15 years. Approving the wise decision to hand over the reins of government to younger, energetic leaders, Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished the head of state success in his new field.
Having wished the President of the Republic of Turkey good health, long life and success in all endeavors, the leader of the nation handed the phone to the newly elected President of Turkmenistan.
Warmly congratulating the newly elected head of the Turkmen state on his convincing victory in the elections, the President of the Republic of Turkey wished him great success in his activities in this important and responsible post.
Sincerely thanking Recep Tayyip Erdogan for congratulations and best wishes on his election to the highest state post, Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that he intends to continue the course started by the previous President of the country, in particular, to take further steps to comprehensively develop relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Turkey, and also support initiatives and efforts aimed at enriching the established productive interstate dialogue with a qualitatively new content.
Taking the opportunity, the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov wished the Turkish leader good health and success in responsible state activities, and peace, well-being and prosperity to the people of the fraternal state.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba are meeting in a small resort town in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, local media reported on Thursday.
The meeting comes on the sidelines of an international forum in the presence of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
It is the first high-level meeting between Moscow and Kiev since Russia launched a "special military operation" in Ukraine on Feb. 24.
The three ministers are scheduled to hold separate press conferences following the talks in Belek, a resort town about 30 km from Antalya's provincial capital.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting is "an important continuation of the negotiation process."
While Ukrainian and Russian delegations have held three rounds of peace talks in Belarus since last week, the negotiations ended without any substantial progress on ending the conflict.
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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Mustafa Şentop, Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey today.
Dignitaries discussed the strategic partnership existing between the two countries, which is at the highest level today. It was noted that the 30TH Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations is marked this year and a number of events are planned to celebrate the jubilee.
Meeting was also related to economic cooperation. It was noted that Turkey remains to be the Number One Trade Partner of Georgia. It was highlighted that existing regional projects are clear evidence of an effective strategic cooperation between Georgia and Turkey.
The Prime Minister of Georgia and Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey discussed topics of regional cooperation, along with the Peaceful Neighborhood Policy of the Prime Minister of Georgia that will serve as a significant platform of dialogue and will facilitate the normalization of regional relations.
Readiness was expressed at the meeting towards a further augmentation of the strategic partnership and it was also noted that the positive trend of high-level visits is a welcoming development.
The Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey once again confirmed the solid support of Turkey towards the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
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