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Tuesday, January 25
Foreign Ministry has no defined position on Israeli Businessmen

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia confirms that the Israeli Foreign Minister sent an official letter to Georgian Foreign Minister, Grigol Vashadze, 24 Hours reports.

‘It was a diplomatic letter,’ Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said at a briefing, adding the Ministry did not have a clear position about the case. ‘An investigation is under way; we are not aware of the details,’ she added.

According to the Deputy Minster, as soon as the law enforcement bodies give their findings, the Foreign Ministry of Georgia will provide them to the Israelis.

A week ago Israeli press reported that the Israeli Foreign Minister sent a letter to his Georgian counterpart asking for the cancellation of the criminal prosecution against the detained businessmen.

According to the Israeli press, the Israeli Foreign Minister says in the letter that the charges against the detained businessmen are fabricated and there is no evidence for the case. The fact, that Georgia first invited and then arrested the Israeli businessmen may serve as an obstacle in the relations of the two countries.

Israeli businessmen were detained in Georgia in October 2010 on the charge of offering a bribe to the Deputy Finance Minister of Georgia. Their trial is underway in the Tbilisi City Court.

Tbilisi Polyclinic doctors free until 31st March

In compliance with the initiative of Tbilisi City Hall, calling for a polyclinic doctors will be free until the end of March, 24 Hours reports.

Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava and Georgia’s Healthcare Minister Andria Urushadze met with doctors yesterday informing them of the initiative. 60 polyclinics will provide medical treatment to the Tbilisi public according to their residence.

City Hall officials say the programme will improve the quality of medical treatment and doctors will have additional motivation to treat patients better. Flu cases in Georgia are expected to increase in February and March.