On 6 March 2023, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Lasha Darsalia, held a meeting with the members of Chairman of the International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Committee of the Milli Majlis, and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, who are on an official visit to Georgia.
Discussions focused on the importance of the strategic cooperation, including the inter-parliamentary Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan cooperation.
Special attention was paid to the new regional project on strategic partnership in the field of green energy development and transmission initiated by Georgia.
The parties talked about the complex security environment of the region, existing challenges and the importance of diplomatic efforts. Opportunities of the region and aspects of future cooperation were highlighted. The sides stated that they are ready to make appropriate contributions to ensuring regional peace and stability.
During the meeting, the Turkish side expressed special thanks to Georgia for the invaluable assistance provided to the Republic of Turkey after the devastating earthquake.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has met with the Minister of State of the United Arab EmiratesWednesday, 02 November 2022 16:28
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, met with the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh. At the meeting, the sides discussed the growing dynamics of bilateral relations.
Discussions between the Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of the Emirates focused on the so-called mechanisms for effective implementation of the agreements reached at the meeting held on 31 October. In this context, the Ministers emphasized the importance of outlining concrete steps, which will lead to an improved cooperation between the two countries.
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Ilia Darchiashvili has met with the chairmen of the foreign relations committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and LithuaniaMonday, 24 October 2022 15:13
On 21 October 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili held a meeting with the chairmen of the foreign relations committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Marko Mihkelson, Rihards Kols and Laima Andrikienė.
The Minister welcomed the joint visit of the chairmen of the foreign relations committees of the parliaments of the Baltic countries, which is given additional importance in the light of today's challenges.
The sides focused special attention on the need to further activate a political dialogue and maintain close communication.
The Minister emphasized the irreversibility of Georgia’s European integration reforms. Special Emphasis was placed on the progress in the implementation of EU recommendations and future plans.
In the context of Euro-Atlantic integration, discussions focused on the NATO summit scheduled for next year in Vilnius. Ilia Darchiashvili emphasized Georgia’s progress in terms of NATO integration. Special note was taken of Georgia's expectations regarding the summit and the importance of the Baltic countries' support.
The sides discussed the current security situation in the region. Special emphasis was placed on the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, the importance of the Geneva International Discussions and the peace policy of the Georgian government.
Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili has met with the representatives of the German Eastern Business AssociationWednesday, 05 October 2022 09:36
On 4 October 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili, held a meeting with the representatives of the German Eastern Business Association, which included representatives of 18 large German companies, including those operating in the fields of logistics, information technology, pharmaceuticals and agriculture.
The Deputy Minister welcomed the deepening of trade and economic relations between the two countries and expressed his readiness for cooperation in terms of attracting investments. Attention was focused on the efforts made by the Georgian government in the direction of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili informed the representatives of the delegation about the favorable investment environment and business opportunities in Georgia. The sides highlighted free trade agreements between Georgia and the European Union, China and the countries of the region.
It was noted that despite the challenges facing the region, this year Georgia has an unprecedentedly high double-digit economic growth, which is the result of the country's reasonable and correct policy.
The sides emphasized Georgia's logistics, transport, agriculture and tourism potential and foreign investors’ growing interest in this regard.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili held a meeting with the co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions from the UN and OSCE - Cihan Sultanoğlu and Viorel Moșanu.
The sides discussed security environment in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia and in the vicinity of the occupation line, as well as the illegal actions of the occupation forces. The meeting focused on the importance of the Geneva International Discussions and the need to use the format effectively to achieve tangible progress in the main issues on the agenda, such as Russia's fulfilment of international obligations under the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008, as well as the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
Darchiashvili drew attention to the security environment in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia and in the vicinity of the occupation line, as well as the illegal actions of the occupation forces, which “further complicates” the security, humanitarian and human rights situation on the ground.
The officials underlined the need to keep the issue of the occupation of Georgian regions by Russia and the fulfilment of international obligations at a high level of the international community’s agenda.
The meeting also discussed the peace policy of the Georgian Government and the efforts made in the direction of the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Georgian conflict, both in the dimensions of deoccupation, and reconciliation and engagement.
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Ilia Darchiashvili has thanked the UNSC Member States for their joint statement in support for GeorgiaWednesday, 17 August 2022 13:34
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, thanked the Member States of the United Nations Security Council for their joint statement on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war.
“Thankful to the UNSC current (USA, Albania, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and France), as well as incoming members (Japan and Malta) for their joint statement to mark the 14 years since the Russia-Georgia war. Through such statwemnrs , international community manifests its support to Georgia and calls on Russia to implement the EU-mediated 2008 Ceasefire Agreement” – the Minister tweeted.
At its behind-the-closed-doors meeting held to mark the 14th anniversary of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, the UN Security Council discussed the situation in Georgia’s regions occupied by Russia and the issues relating to the Russia-Georgia war. Following the meeting, the representatives of the UN Member States made a joint statements.
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"Offering a simplified employment mechanism to Georgian citizens is another clear confirmation of Hungary's unwavering support" - Ilia DarchiashviliTuesday, 02 August 2022 14:54
Georgian citizens will find employment in the most demanding sectors of Hungary.
The Hungarian government included Georgia in the list of countries whose citizens will receive a work permit in Hungary in a simplified manner for a specified period of time. This was announced at the meeting between the Georgian and Hungarian foreign ministers, which was held within the framework of Ilia Darchiashvili’s working visit to Budapest.
“I thank the Hungarian partners for their readiness to include Georgia in the list of countries that benefit from the mentioned simplified procedures. This fact is another clear confirmation of Hungary's unwavering support for our country," Darchiashvili said at the joint press conference after the meeting.
The ministers agreed that the sides will further work towards the implementation of the Hungarian government’s aforesaid decision.
The ministers also discussed fruitful Georgia - Hungary cooperation in various fields, including economics, tourism, education and people-to-people contacts. The sides welcomed the positive dynamics of the existing economic and trade relations between the two countries, which they noted had increased significantly in recent years and agreed to hold an intergovernmental economic commission by the end of 2022, which would open additional opportunities in this direction.
The sides also discussed deepening cooperation in tourism and highlighted the importance of increasing the numbers of flights from Kutaisi International Airport by the Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air.
The conversation also touched on the process of Georgia's European integration.
“The recognition of Georgia’s European perspective is a historic fact, by which the European Union confirmed that Georgia is a European state and will become a member of the EU. It is the recognition of the progress achieved over the years, as well as the high level of integration that exists today between Georgia and the European Union” – Darchiashvili said.
He thanked Szijjártó for Hungary's “strong support” for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The Ministers welcomed the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries and stressed the importance of exchanging high-level meetings.
On 29 July 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, paid a working visit to Hungary. Within the framework of the visit, Ilia Darchiashvili held a meeting with his Hungarian colleague, Péter Szijjártó, and Minister of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Gergely Gulyás.
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During his working visit to Brussels, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili held meetings with the European Commissioners for Transport, Environment Crisis Management, Adina Vălean, Virginius Sinkevičius and Janez Lenarčič.
During the meetings with the European Commissioners, the sides focused on the current priorities and directions of Georgia-EU cooperation, the reforms implemented to bring Georgia to EU standards, and the dynamic process of implementation of the Association Agreement.
The sides paid special attention to Georgia's application for EU membership, opening up a new stage of relations between Georgia and the EU. It was highlighted how important it is to reflect Georgia’s EU integration progress in relevant EU decisions and future plans.
At the meeting with Adina Vălean, the European Commissioner for Transport highlighted the important role of Georgia as a regional transport and logistics hub connecting Europe and Asia. The sides agreed to continue working on common priorities under the EU Connectivity Strategy.
During the meeting with the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, the sides positively assessed EU-Georgia cooperation in the field of crisis management, including measures taken by Georgia to manage the COVID pandemic and the EU assistance in this process.
The meeting with the European Commissioner for Environment, Virginius Sinkevičius focused on the possibilities of further integration with the EU, especially in priority areas such as environment and climate change.
At the meeting with the European Commissioners, the sides agreed to continue active work to implement the Association Agreement and the priorities set out in the new Association Agenda 2021-2027.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia pays a working visit to Brussels on 1-2 June. During the visit, Ilia Darchiashvili hold parallel meetings with the European Commissioners at the European Parliament.
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Within the framework of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili met with his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto.
At the meeting, the sides reviewed the agenda of cooperation between the two countries.
The Ministers stressed that Georgia-Finland cooperation has been successfully developing for over 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Special attention was paid to Georgia's European integration as the main direction of the country's foreign policy. Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Finnish counterpart for his strong support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the country's European aspirations, and stressed the importance of international support in the difficult security environment in the region and in the world in general.
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