Georgia has moved from the bracket of lower middle income economies-Kvirikashvili
Pursuant to the recent qualification elaborated by the World Bank, Georgia has moved from the bracket of lower middle income economies to the group of upper middle income countries, - Prime Minister of Georgia stated during the Cabinet Meeting. Pursuant to him, this is an important milestone that Georgia has been moving to during the last 15 years.
"Throughout last 15 years Georgia has not made an improvement in terms of this classification. This is important in view of our country's international investment image and raising awareness on Georgia", - Prime Minister stated.
Pursuant to the Prime Minister, the classification offered by the World Bank is based upon the amount of the gross national income per capita.
VIDEO / Prime Minister of Georgia Attends a Funeral Service of Military and Civilian Citizens of Georgia Deemed Missing after the Armed Conflict of 1990’s Relocated from the Occupied Territory of Abkhazia
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia accompanied by Members of Government, attended a funeral service of the military and civilian citizens of Georgia deemed missing after the armed conflict of 1990's that have been relocated from the occupied territory of Abkhazia today.
The Prime Minister of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of the deceased at the Trinity Cathedral and expressed condolences to their family members.
Out of the 20 identified individuals that were deemed missing, 14 are military and 6 - civilians.
Within the scope of a mechanism designed to locate the missing individuals after the armed conflict of 1990's and a war of 2008 August, first round of identification and relocation of the corpses occurred in 2013. To this day, corpses of 604 individuals have been located, out of which 265 are identified.
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VIDEO / Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Zhou Qian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Georgia
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met H.E. Zhou Qian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Georgia today.
Friendly and strategic partnership between the two countries was noted with satisfaction at the meeting. Current agenda of bilateral relations was also discussed.
Intensification of cooperation between the countries in various areas was given a high assessment and hopes were expressed towards the format of strategic partnership, which will lead to a further development of sectoral, economic and trade relations between the people.
Successful cooperation between the two countries was also highlighted at the meeting for the development of a special geopolitical location of Georgia, which increases its potential as a corridor connecting east and west.
Historic importance of the visit paid by the Prime Minister of Georgia at the invitation of H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China was highlighted at the meeting and its huge role in solidifying the relations between Georgia and China at a strategic level.
Prime Minister of Georgia most positively reiterated the outstanding role, vision and achievements of effective governance of the President of the People's Republic of China in the transformation and advancement of China, thereby focusing on various wide-scale reforms planned by the Government of China under the leadership of the President, including the initiatives of global significance, as well as different and extraordinary vision of the President of China in solving and regulating the problems witnessed at a regional and international scale.
The Prime Minister of Georgia also commented on the statement made by the Mme President of Georgia in relation to H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China in an interview with a French Television Channel LCI, thereby stating that such wording is categorically unacceptable and alarming.
Referred rhetoric contradicts the attitude of the Georgian authorities and people of Georgia towards China and does not comply with a friendly, strategic partnership spirit of the two countries, thereby harming the friendly relations and partnership between the two countries. According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, it is unfortunate and by far not the first instance when Mme President of Georgia has violated the Constitution by harming the state interests, pursuing individual activities and making personal assessments of international affairs that are not aligned with the government position, as a result of which the international image of the country suffers. Her public and grave breaches of the Constitution have served as a reason for the ruling team to initiate the Impeachment of Mme President.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia is a parliamentary republic, whereby the president is not entitled to run the foreign policy of the country. It is the exclusive discretion of the Government of Georgia to carry out the foreign policy of the country and such a mandate has only been granted to the Government by the Georgian people. Thus, the statement made by Mme President of Georgia does not even formally express the attitude of the Georgian authorities towards the state and leader of China.
The Prime Minister of Georgia expressed deploration for the statement made by the President of Georgia, thereby expressing hopes that it will not affect or harm the historically most positive relationship dynamics between Georgia and China.
By the close of the meeting, dignitaries expressed readiness to maintain the active agenda of relations and to work for greater solidification of interaction between the two countries.
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VIDEO / Prime Minister of Georgia Meets President of the Republic of France
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France today.
The Head of Government of Georgia was hosted by the French President at the Élysée Palace.
Meeting was focused on the decision made by the European Commission on recommending a status of EU Candidate Country be granted to Georgia by the European Council,
The Prime Minister of Georgia noted that it is a historic decision and Georgia expects a status to be granted by the European Council in December 2023, as it defines the European future of our country. Irakli Garibashvili expressed his gratitude to Emmanuel Macron, for the support demonstrated on this path, thereby highlighting the great significance of the political and practical support provided by France being a leading country of the EU. The Head of Government of Georgia expressed hopes that it will further solidify and help Georgia in successfully advancing on the following stages of accession.
Irakli Garibashvili and Emmanuel Macron reviewed the cooperation between the two countries and discussed the prospects of deepening it in various areas.
Meeting also touched upon the security environment within the region and throughout the world.
Dignitaries discussed the solution to existing challenges and the positive role that can be played by Georgia in reaching security and stability in the South Caucasus.
Irakli Garibashvili expressed his gratitude to Emmanuel Macron for the solid support of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and European future of Georgia, thereby inviting him to visit the country.
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Prime Minister of Georgia and President of the Czech Republic Discuss the Prospects of Further Advancing Existing Cooperation
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Petr Pavel, President of the Czech Republic today.At the meeting held in New York, dignitaries discussed the prospects of further advancing the existing cooperation between the two countries in various fields.The Prime Minister of Georgia noted that the Czech Republic has always been a strong supporter of Georgia’s foreign policy priorities and it is gratifying that the intensity of bilateral visits has increased significantly in recent years, which emphasizes the high level of political dialogue between the countries.Irakli Garibashvili expressed hopes that the political and practical support of the Czech Republic will help Georgia in the next stages of ultimate accession to the European Union.The Prime Minister of Georgia informed the President of the Czech Republic about the steps taken by the Government of Georgia on the path of European integration and the dynamics of the implementation in view of 12 recommendations. According to him, Georgia deserves to receive the candidate status, which will contribute to the stable development of the country.Also, Irakli Garibashvili and Petr Pavel discussed the security environment and challenges witnessed all over the world at the meeting. The Head of Government of Georgia thanked the President of the Czech Republic for his unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.Press Service of the Government Administration
Prime Minister of Georgia Meets President of the European Council
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Charles Michel, President of the European Council today.The Head of Government of Georgia shared information with the President of the European Council about the implementation of 12 recommendations issued by the European Union (EU). According to him, Georgia has achieved progress in every direction and the Government did its best to meet the recommendations, thereby noting that progress continues further. At the meeting with Charles Michel, Irakli Garibashvili stated that all 4 topics identified by EU officials at the recent meeting in Tbilisi that are expected to advance by the end of September, will be addressed in line with the recommendations made by the European Commission. MP Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Ruling Party held a media briefing about it today.The Prime Minister of Georgia highlighted that the country has leading positions on its quest to EU integration, as evidenced by the reports of the EU and that commitments assumed by the country towards reforms on its path to EU integration are solid. He also noted that Georgia deserves a status of an EU Candidate Country amidst the current geopolitical setting and in line with a merits-based approach. Irakli Garibashvili expressed his gratitude to Charles Michel for the support demonstrated in the process of EU integration of Georgia.Press Service of the Government Administration