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Tuesday, September 16
Zakaria Kutsnashvili plans to meet President

The parliamentary majority member Zakaria Kutsnashvili plans to meet with the President of Georgia. As Kutsnashvili told InterpressNews, dialogue is necessary with Giorgi Margvelashvili.

‘’If the President perceives his role as a competitor of the government and the parliament, this is not right. Such a position will cause many problems in the future and conflict will inevitably take place. I would like to meet the President and find out how he perceives his role - as a partner or a political rival,’’- Kutsnashvili said.

Zakaria Kutsnashvili is planning to hold the meeting on September 16.

Georgia participates in pre-Eastern Partnership Summit event

The Georgian minister responsible for overseeing the country’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration is in Latvia to discuss with international officials what next year’s Eastern Partnership Summit can offer partner countries.

Georgia’s State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili delivered a speech at the ninth annual National Conference organized by Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence of Latvia in framework of his working visit in Riga, the Latvian capital.

Minister Petriashvili participated in the panel ‘What can be offered at the Riga Eastern Partnership Summit?’

As he stated, he believed the Riga Eastern Partnership Summit in 2015 would be crucial in terms of "confirming European perspective” to Georgia as well as Ukraine and Moldova.

The panel participants discussed the situation in the region and the challenges Eastern Partnership member countries faced.

Those involved in the discussion, which included Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius, stressed how important it was for European Union (EU) countries to support the European aspirations of Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.

It was underlined that imposing visa-free regimes with EaP countries would be the best way EU countries could show their support.

Vatican official visits Georgia

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, is visiting Georgia September 13-16.

The Vatican’s Section for Relations with States corresponds to the foreign ministry of civil governments.

According to Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mamberti met with representatives of the executive and legislative governments, and with Patriarch Ilia II. The visit started with a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze.

Mamberti will also visited Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University to meet with students there.

He met with the president, prime minister and speaker of parliament.

This is Mamberti’s first visit to Georgia. It is important to further strengthen relations with the Vatican, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry wrote in a statement.
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Heavy rain affects several cities and regions

Heavy rain has affected Tbilisi, Rustavi and several other municipalities of Georgia. The emergencies brigades worked in the state of emergency last night and were sent to forty different places, where the ground floors and basements were flooded and roads damaged, however, the emergencies service chief says the four-hour long rain has not inflicted serious damage to the capital this time.

Central Avenue and several streets were flooded in the city of Rustavi. Transport movement was blocked up for a few hours due to the flood, which also caused blackout in the city until the rain stopped. The markets and basements were flooded by the water. The municipal service of emergencies worked whole night. Mayor of the city has also viewed the affected districts of the city and ordered to set up a special commission, which will count the damage and determine the funds for compensation.

The village of Gachiani was also damaged by the rain, which flooded ground floors and basements of houses. Locals say the flood killed their poultry. Nine families were damaged by the last night`s rain. The residents say they have problems every time it starts to rain, because the sewage system does not work properly.

Rain has inflicted damage onto eight villages of the Adigheni municipality. Locals complain that they have been left without harvest this year. The yards, agricultural lands, basements and ground floors were completely covered with water. The hail, which lasted about half an hour, damaged roofs and road infrastructure, causing blockade of the traffic. The locals are asking the municipal authorities to repair the sewage system as they always have the same problems each time it rains.

The municipal government has already set up a commission, which will count the damage and determine the amount of the compensation for the affected families.

Zurab Zhvania’s body has not been exhumed yet

Deceased PM Zurab Zhvania’s body has not been exhumed yet, - the detained medical expert, Levan Chachua’s lawyer Zurab Tabidze told InterPressNews.

According to the lawyer, the defense side has not received a decree about exhumation and it means that the procedure has not been conducted.

The lawyer states that except old materials, he has not received any attestations from the Prosecutor’s Office since May.

‘’I know the body has not been exhumed as the sides have not been given the decree on exhumation,’’- the lawyer said.

As for the pre-trial session, the process should have been held in May. As a result of postponing several times, it will be held on September 22.

In the frames of Zurab Zhvania’s case investigation, three people have been detained.

In condition of the new government, the Prosecutor’s Office stated that Zurab Zhvania’s body may be exhumed in the frames of the investigation.