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President Appoints Eight New Ambassadors

Georgia will have new ambassadors to eight countries – Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Slovenia. Tamuna Liluashvili will be Georgia’s new ambassador to Bulgaria. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Georgian National Investment Agency. Archil Kalandia, who until recently was the senior counselor at …

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Georgian Leaders Talk NATO Integration, Russia Threat

On November 1-2, Georgia’s Black Sea city of Batumi is hosting the Defense and Security Conference, bringing together hundreds of Georgian and foreign officials, experts, civil society and media to discuss issues of regional and global stability and security challenges. In their opening remarks, President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister …

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President, Prime Minister Assess Elections

President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze assessed the October 28 presidential elections at special news briefings on Monday. President Giorgi Margvelashvili Giorgi Margvelashvili welcomed October 28 presidential elections as “active and competitive” that “resulted in the second round runoffs.” He called on voters to cast ballots in the second round, …

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Georgian Leaders Cast Ballot in Presidential Polls

Today, Georgian citizens are electing their fifth president for a six-year term, replacing incumbent President Giorgi Margvelashvili, who has been in office since October, 2013. Georgian officials, including the incumbent President, have already cast ballot at their respective polling stations in Tbilisi. Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II also made his choice. This will …

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Presidential Administration Slams Government for ‘Disregard of Constitution’

President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s administration has slammed the Government of Georgia for “disregard of the constitution,” and its attempts to “distance and sidestep” from “grave” problems persisting in the country. The accusations follow the Government’s decision to snub President Margvelashvili’s request for a cabinet sitting over the recently-released covert recordings, which …

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President Appoints Four New Ambassadors

Georgia will have new ambassadors to four countries – Austria, Jordan, Latvia and Turkey. David Dondua, who most recently served as the deputy foreign minister, will become the ambassador to Austria and the representative to OSCE and other Vienna-based organizations. Dondua was the country’s chief negotiator in the Geneva International …

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President Margvelashvili Visits U.S., Addresses Intl Peace Forum

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, who is on a visit to New York on September 25-29, addressed the participants of the 14th International Forum “Sustaining Peace and Development in a Changing World,” organized by Azerbaijani-based Nizami Ganjavi International Center on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In his address at …

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Presidential Polls Slated for October 28

Presidential elections will be held on October 28, 2018, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced at a press briefing today. Margvelashvili said the respective decree was already submitted to Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze for his approval. According to the electoral code, the formal pre-election period will start 60 days before the …

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President Nominates New Head of Adjara’s Local Government

President Giorgi Margvelashvili has nominated today Tornike Rizhvadze, the CEO of the state-owned Georgian Energy Development Fund, as the new Head of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. The position became vacant after Zurab Pataradze stepped down, triggering the resignation of the region’s entire cabinet. Rizhvadze’s candidacy was backed …

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Italian President Visits Tbilisi, Hails Cooperation with Georgia

President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, who is on his first official visit to Georgia on July 16-17, met with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili yesterday, hailing the Italian-Georgian bilateral relations and the two countries’ cooperation in multilateral formats. The Italian President reaffirmed his country’s support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and praised …

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President Margvelashvili to Attend NATO Brussels Summit

President Giorgi Margvelashvili will lead the Georgian delegation at the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, Tengiz Pkhaladze, the President’s Foreign Affairs Secretary announced today. Pkhaladze underscored that one of Georgia’s main objectives in the period leading to the Summit was “to draw the attention of the Alliance towards …

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Georgian, Estonian Leaders Discuss Bilateral Ties, NATO Integration

Georgian President Giorgi Margevlashvili, who is on a three-day visit to Estonia on June 21-23, met today with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, discussing Georgia’s expectations from the upcoming Brussels Summit on July 11-12. According to Margvelashvili’s press office, the two presidents focused on regional security …

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OSCE Ambassadors Visit Tbilisi, Discuss Situation in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

A group of ambassadors from OSCE-member states based in Vienna are paying a visit to Georgia on June 19-21, ten years after such visit was last conducted in the country. The 25-member delegation has already met President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Deputy Foreign Minister Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and First Deputy Parliament Speaker Tamar …

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President Margvelashvili Comments on PM’s Resignation

President Giorgi Margvelashvili commented on Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s resignation at the international conference – Georgia’s European Way – in Batumi on June 14, calling on the ruling Georgian Dream party to nominate the party founder and leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili, to the post of the Prime Minister. President Margvelashvili stressed …

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President Margvelashvili Meets Father of Teen Murder Victim

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili went to the old Parliament building in Tbilisi this morning to meet with the father of one of the teen murder victims – Zaza Saralidze, who has been protesting the authorities’ handling of the bloody incident last December. President Margvelashvili spoke with Saralidze for almost an hour, saying …

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Georgian Leaders Want NATO Summit to Recognize Country’s Progress

The country’s progress on its NATO integration path has to be “adequately” recognized at the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, the Georgian leaders stressed yesterday, shortly after the National Security Council session. In his remarks after the meeting, President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Georgia “was indeed a frontrunner” …

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Speaker, President Spar over Presidential Pardons

The political row over President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s pardoning practices continues, nearly a month after mounting criticism forced the President to suspend pardoning of prisoners convicted for violent crimes. The recent episode follows Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze’s statement on May 2, when he accused the President of “abusing” his power to …

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UN Ambassadors Visit Occupation Line, Meet Georgian Officials

Eight United Nations (UN) Permanent Representatives from Latin America, Africa and Asia, who are paying a visit to Georgia on May 5-12, met with Georgian leaders, and traveled to the occupation line near village Khurvaleti adjacent to Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. The group includes permanent representatives of Congo, Saint Vincent and …

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President Walks Out on Parliamentary debates

President Giorgi Margvelashvili walked out on political debates following his annual state of the nation address today, citing lack of ability to respond to questions raised by the lawmakers. President Margvelashvili, who attended the legislators’ podium speeches for nearly 1.5 hours, requested possibility to follow up on their remarks. “I …

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President Delivers Annual Parliamentary Address

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili delivered his fifth and final annual state of the nation address in the Parliament chamber in Kutaisi on May 2. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and some government members were present in the legislature along with the Chairperson of the Supreme Court, Chairman of the Constitutional Court, …

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