On 18 October 2022, within the framework of his working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, the Georgian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teimuraz Janjalia held a bilateral meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister, Egidijus Meilūnas.
Discussing issues relating to bilateral relations during the meeting, the deputy ministers took stock of the busy agenda of high-level visits. The sides noted the positive dynamics of cooperation in the fields of economy, tourism, defence and security. Emphasizing the importance of the regular exchange of bilateral visits, Teimuraz Janjalia expressed the hope that Georgia’s political dialogue with the Lithuanian side will continue and further deepen.
The sides discussed the security challenges facing the region against the backdrop of Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine. The Lithuanian Deputy Minister was provided with detailed information about the current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, the progress in the Geneva International Discussions and the peace policy of the Georgian government. Teimuraz Janjalia emphasized the importance of Lithuania’s traditionally strong support for Georgia in the current difficult and changing environment.
Speaking about the European integration of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia informed his Lithuanian colleague about the country’s current progress in terms of fulfilling the obligations under the Association Agenda and the European Union’s twelve recommendations.
At the end of the meeting, the Lithuanian side once again confirmed its unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The deputy ministers agreed to continue close cooperation.
Despite the protracted COVID-19 pandemic and the downward pressure on the economy, foreign companies are optimistic about the Chinese market and plan to further increase their investment in China.
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Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with State Councilor and Foreign Minister the People’s Republic of ChinaThursday, 22 September 2022 11:00
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s met with the State Councilor and Foreign Minister the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi. Held within the scope of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the meeting focused on the close friendly relations between the two countries and prospects of their development.
Irakli Garibashvili and Wang Yi discussed the key directions of the cooperation between Georgia and the People’s Republic of China and commended the existing productive cooperation.
It was pointed out that China is among Georgia’s top five trade partners.
China’s support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity was pointed out.
The Head of Government assured the State Councilor and Foreign Minister the People’s Republic of China of Georgia strong support for the One-China policy.
Emphasis was put on the importance of cementing bilateral ties and the high dynamic of agency-level cooperation was applauded.
The parties welcomed the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Georgia and expressed readiness to foster the further deepening of the existing friendly relations between the two countries.
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to GeorgiaWednesday, 21 September 2022 15:42
On 19 September 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili, held a meeting with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Georgia, Zhou Qian.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues on the agenda of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Special attention was paid to successful trade and economic cooperation between Georgia and the People's Republic of China. It was noted that China has become one of the main trade partners for Georgia in recent years.
Discussions focused on the importance of exchanging high-level visits between the two countries. The sides reviewed the possibility of taking appropriate steps in this direction and agreed on active cooperation.
The sides reaffirmed their unwavering and consistent support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other's countries.
MFA of Georgia
“Ireland is in favour of Enlargement and it includes Georgia - this is a relatively small country but in a very strategic part of Europe and they need our help and support and solidarity” – the Irish Foreign MinisterThursday, 14 July 2022 14:29
Ireland is in favour of Enlargement and it includes Georgia - this is a relatively small country but in a very strategic part of Europe and they need our help and support and solidarity” – the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney told Senator Gary Gannon during the hearings held within the Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.
According to the Irish Foreign Minister, “within the European Union this is not seen as closing the door on Georgia, actually it is seen as opening the door in terms of clarifying what is required in terms of reforms in order to be eligible for candidate status, but I think because it was announced at the same time as Ukraine and Moldova I can understand that frustration but I reassure the Georgians that Ireland is in favour of Enlargement”.
Ireland wants to see peace in the countries intending to join, and Georgia is clearly one of those countries.
“The accession process is difficult and sometimes prolonged but I hope at least following the decision of the last EU Council meeting there will at least be clarity in terms of what they need to do to take next steps” – Minister Simon Coveney is quoted as saying.
Georgia and the Kingdom of Spain are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationsMonday, 11 July 2022 13:16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia posted a tweet on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Spain. “As we share enduring bonds of friendship, may our ties grow stronger for the benefit of our nations!” – says the tweet of the Georgian MFA.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain publishes a statement regarding the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. According to the statement, the Spanish government is committed to further strengthening its relations with Georgia both in a bilateral format and within the European Union.
"The Spanish government supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and wishes the Georgian people peace, progress and prosperity" – reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain.
The Madrid Summit decisions, including both their practical and political dimensions, are of paramount importance to Georgia.
In view of the challenges facing us, the further development of NATO-Georgia practical cooperation and the deepening of the political dialogue are essential for the improvement of regional security. We hail the approval by the Allies of a set of tailored support measures for Georgia. The document envisages concrete steps to further enhance Georgia’s defence capabilities and to achieve NATO’s more effective engagement in this process. This new instrument, along with the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, will create a greater scope for bringing Georgia’s defence and security sector closer to NATO standards and to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities.
Georgia welcomes the adoption of a new strategic concept by the NATO Summit in Madrid. The new concept duly reflects the recent geopolitical shifts and the Alliance’s long-term response to the emerging threats. It needs to be highlighted that the new strategic concept gives due consideration to the topical importance of the Open Door Policy and to Georgia’s membership perspective, in line with the 2008 Bucharest Summit Decision, as well as to the fundamental principle that each sovereign country has the right to choose its own security arrangements, without external interference in any form.
Paramount importance needs to be attached to NATO’s unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as confirmed repeatedly in several documents adopted by the Madrid Summit.
Georgia highly appraises the Madrid Summit decisions to further strengthen the security of the NATO Member States, as well as to ensure the Black Sea security.
We also welcome the Madrid Summit’s decision regarding the enlargement of the Alliance. We congratulate Finland and Sweden on being invited to join the Alliance. Their accession will make Europe safer and the Alliance – stronger. Being the actual implementation of the Open Door Policy, this process is essentially important for Georgia, as an aspirant country. We also hail the decision of the Alliance to continue to support Ukraine.
Georgia places a particularly high value on the messages voiced during the North Atlantic Council’s meeting signaling the Member States’ firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its Euro-Atlantic integration.
The decisions made regarding Georgia during the Summit will contribute to improving Georgia’s security and defence capabilities and will bring the country closer to its ultimate goal – NATO Membership.
MFA of Georgia
Kazakhstan, within the framework of the Caspian cooperation, supports, firstly, the expansion of transit-transport and investment cooperation, the creation of new multimodal routes, including using the Caspian transport corridors that are not fully involved. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, speaking at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Caspian countries on Tuesday.
Secondly, it is necessary to ensure the diversification of trade channels, the diplomat continued, calling on colleagues to jointly oppose trade protectionism, open markets, stimulate international trade and contacts between people.
Among other priority positions of Kazakhstan, Tleuberdi also named the addition of efforts in the field of protection and improvement of the state of the marine environment of the Caspian Sea, the adoption of coordinated decisions to prevent pollution of its waters.
With the decision of the European Council, the EU leaders have confirmed that Georgia’s future lies within the European Union and that Georgia will definitely become a member of the organization.
By awarding Georgia an EU membership perspective, the EU has recognized Georgia as a European country and has acknowledged the progress made in Georgia-EU relations in the past few years. Indeed, this result would have been hardly imaginable without the efforts and reforms implemented in the country over the recent years.
The decision of the European Council takes on a particular importance in view of the challenges that threaten the system of western value and European security, of which Georgia is an integral part.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the European Council’s decision and the EU leaders’ support in this process.
We believe that this is a historic moment for Georgia and from now on, the door to Europe is definitely open to our country.
Being committed to common values, Georgia, together with the EU, will continue to pursue an ambitious reform agenda leading to Georgia’s final integration with the EU.
Georgia will work actively to meet the recommendations to achieve the deserved candidate status as soon as possible and to regain its rightful place in the European family.
MEETING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE US SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN
On June 9, 2022, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajyiev met with US State Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West via videoconference.
During the meeting, the parties discussed issues of cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats to resolve the situation in Afghanistan. In this regard, it was emphasized that Turkmenistan is actively involved in this work, putting forward constructive proposals and initiatives.
The expediency of developing a consolidated approach to ensuring peace and security in Afghanistan and intensifying economic and humanitarian cooperation with this country was noted.