Philip Gordon holds meetings with Georgian authorities
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze hosted U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Phillip Gordon at the ministry today. The sides discussed political situation in the country, priorities of internal and foreign policy and enhancement of cooperation with the United States. Earlier today, Philip Gordon held meeting with Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania. The sides talked on the issues related to the US-Georgian bilateral cooperation, prospects of Georgia’s NATO integration and Georgia’s contribution in ISAF international mission. As Irakli Alasania stated, Georgia is a reliable partner of the United States and will stay committed to contributing to global peace and security. Georgian Defense Minister highlighted that Georgian peacekeepers will continue fulfilling its obligations in ISAF until the end of 2014 and render assistance to Afghan National Security Forces in post-ISAF period. Defense Minister underscored that Georgia’s aspiration to become a member of European and Euro-Atlantic community remains on the top of country’s foreign policy agenda. At the meeting Defense Minister welcomed the decision of the NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia early next year.
Russian helicopters have violated Georgian airspace - several helicopters flew over the Georgian controlled territory from the occupied Tskhinvali Region yesterday and from the occupied Abkhazia today.
President of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Georgian national hero, Zhiuli Shartava on his 70th anniversary. Giorgi Margvelashvili announced at the memorial today that by commemorating Zhiuli Shartava, he was also paying tribute to all, who fell in the tragedy of Abkhazia.
Today the first National Hero of independent Georgia – Zhiuli Shartava would become 70 years old. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili together with Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, other members of Georgian Government and MPs paid a tribute to the memory of Zhiuli Shartava at Saburtalo Pantheon.
Two tourists were killed, two others are missing and only one of the crew survived in an avalanche in Ushguli. The survived tourist contacted the rescue service for help in Ushguli. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has already confirmed the report about the death of tourists.
Interpol is considering the request of the Ukraine`s government to issue an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. The international organization has received an official letter from the Ukraine`s government and will publish the order warrant on its website soon.