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Tuesday, May 19
Prime Minister to attend Olympic Games opening ceremony in Baku

The Prime Minister of Georgia will attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Baku on June 12-13.

As the Prime Minister said at the opening of a new Azerbaijani SOCAR Co. office in Batumi, Azerbaijan is an important strategic partner to Georgia.

"This is a very important investment for the region. I want to thank the SOCAR Company’s President Rovnag Abdullayev. I congratulate him on the opening of this new office.

Azerbaijan is an important strategic partner to Georgia and we welcome their investments,”- said the Prime Minister.

Occupiers Detain 67-year-old Man

Russian troops have detained a 67-year-old man from the village of Adzvi, a village adjacent to the occupation line.

Reportedly, Grigol Balamtsarashvili was herding cattle together with two fellow villagers, when Russian soldiers appeared and detained him. Two other men managed to escape.

Georgian, Armenian PMs Meet in Batumi

Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili met his Armenian counterpart, Hovik Abrahamyan, in Georgia’s Black Sea port and resort town of Batumi on May 17.

PM Abrahamyan, who paid a working visit to Georgia, discussed issues related to “expansion of bilateral economic cooperation,” the Armenian PM’s office said.

The Georgian PM’s office said in a brief statement that heads of the governments discussed “friendly and good neighborly relations between Georgia and Armenia, as well as prospects for deepening economic cooperation.”

Staff of National Centre of Manuscripts protest against new chairperson

Minister of Education of Georgia Tamar Sanikidze has responded to the staff of the National Center of Manuscripts.

“I hope that Zaza Abashidze will not resign. There were rumours that the commission was not objective and that they were under my influence. This statement is shameful and abusive toward Zaza Abashidze and those scholars who are members of commission,” said Tamar Sanikidze

The workers of National Center of Manuscripts have gathered outside the building. They protested against the appointment of Zaza Abashidze as the head of the center.

Three individuals detained at Batumi rally

Three people have been detained at a rally in front of the Hilton hotel in the city of Batumi.

The detainees are Free Zone members Kakha Bakanidze and Solomon Bazhelidze and a National Movement member Rezo Kharazi, an InterpressNews correspondent reports.

They were arrested as they attempted to approach the Hilton hotel, where Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili was attending an opening ceremony.

Protesters allege that the arrest was politically motivated and that the police violated their freedom of expression.

The protest is being held by the United National Movement in front of the Hilton hotel. They have brought posters depicting suspended projects.

Georgian judoka wins gold at IBSA World Games

Georgia is celebrating after a Georgian judoka was crowned world champion at the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Zviad Gogotchuri competed in the under 90kg class and won all of his five fights, where he impressively defeated Korean, Ukrainian, Canadian, Uzbek and British athletes.

In the final fight, the Georgian athlete met Brit Samuel Ingram, who gained a bronze medal in the 2012 London Paralympics.

This was Gogotchuri’s first international tournament. He marked his debut with a gold medal.

The Seoul 2015 IBSA World Games featured competitions in ten disciplines: Athletics (IPC approved), Football (B1), Football (B2-B3), Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Showdown, Swimming (IPC approved), Tenpin Bowling and Chess.