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Friday, September 24
Georgian Foreign Minister held meetings in New York

As part of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze held a meeting with the Political Directors of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states and officials of the EU institutions.

At the meeting, the Georgian Foreign Minister provided the European diplomats with information on the priorities of the foreign policy of Georgia for the next year. The sides focused on the prospects of maximum rapprochement of Georgia with the EU and the measures to be taken in the near future, as well as on the speeding-up of the process of Georgia's integration with NATO.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined the importance of the process of de-occupation of Georgia and necessity of full implementation of the 12 August ceasefire agreement. The sides laid special emphasis on the role of the EU as a guarantor of security and stability in Georgia. (Rustavi 2)

22 Georgian Pupils Went To Excursion Trip To Islamic Republic Of Iran

A 22-member delegation, consisting of Tbilisi pubic schools pupils, studying Persian language, have gone on an excursion trip to Iranian Islamic Republic.

As Prime-News was told by the Iranian embassy to Georgia, the event was organized with the support of the Cultural Department of the Iranian embassy and the scientific cooperation center of Iranian culture and relations organization.

For one week the Georgian pupils will be visiting Gilani, Teheran and Ispahan regions wher they will do some sight-seeing. They will also visit Iranian schools, Youth intelectual educational centers and meet with their Iranian coevals, participants of the international and school olimpiads. (Prime-News)

Georgian And Azerbaijan Education Ministers Have Visited Gardabani And Dmanisi Public Schools

Georgian and Azerbaijan Education ministers have visited Gardabani and Dmanisi public schools.

Ministers of Education and Science of Georgia and Azerbaijan Dimitri Shashkin and Misir Mardanov together with the Governor of Kvemo Kartli region David Kirkitadze visited ¹3 Gardabani public school and congratulated schoolchildren on the beginning of a new academic school year in the revamped environment.

On the same day, the Minister of Education of Azerbaijan and Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Nodar Surguladze visited ¹2 Dmanisi public school. Both schools comply with the modern standards and are fully rehabilitated, renovated and modernly equipped with the financial support of the Foundation of Geidar Aliev.

The partial rehabilitation was carried out in 33 public schools of Kvemo Kartli by the Education and Science Infrastructure Development Agency of MES. (Prime-News)

Vice president of occupant regime survived in armed assault

The Vice President of the Abkhazian occupant regime, Aleksandr Ankvab survived an armed assault late last night. The incident occurred in Gudauta on September 22.

The Russian media reports that somebody fired on his house, supposedly using a grenade launcher. Ankvab was sleeping during the attack and he injured his hand and leg, however, he refused to go to hospital.

The so-called interior ministry of the occupant regime is investigating the assassination attempt, which is the third on the life of the separatist politician.

Occupant leader, Sergey Baghapsh commented on the incident. He said the attack was aimed at causing instability in Abkhazia. (Rustavi 2)

Georgian Government Negotiating with MTV

The Georgian government is carrying out negotiations with popular TV channel MTV, InterpressNews was told by PM’s Press Speaker Niko Mchedlishvili .

The negotiations concern conduction of annual rock festival in the city of Batumi, Adjara region.

An article about the negotiations has been published by EURASIANET.

‘There has always been a bit of showman in Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s governing style. Now the Georgian president is pushing for an all-out merger between entertainment and politics with the aim of promoting tourism to Georgia. Georgian officials are specifically hoping to replicate the success of The Isle of MTV Malta festival. That annual MTV-staged event, now in its fourth year, is responsible for bringing tens of thousands of additional tourists to Malta in each year the festival has run’, the article says.

According to the article, an MTV-sponsored event would be able to attract much bigger names to Batumi: The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and Enrique Iglesias have headlined their Malta concerts in the past. (Interpressnews)