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Friday, November 11
Ready to strengthen strategic partnership with the new U.S. administration – Georgia’s FM

Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has congratulated Donald Trump on winning the U.S. Presidential Elections. According to the minister, the United States of America, as the main strategic ally of Georgia, unconditionally supports Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, security, democratic and economic development as well as Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

“Georgia-U.S. cooperation is based on mutual strategic interests and views that are formalized by the Georgia-U.S. strategic partnership charter. It includes important democracy and governance, self-defence and security, economics, commerce, and energy matters. The Charter represents the deep 25-year comprehensive cooperation and confidence establishment between the two countries.

“Georgian soldiers are fighting together with U.S. soldiers to improve international security and stability, and Georgia is proud to contribute to global security together with its ally,” he has said.

“We are ready to continue cooperation with the new U.S. administration, strengthen our strategic partnership and improve the friendship between our two countries,” says the statement published on the minister’s Facebook page. (IPN)

Silk Road Group: Batumi Trump Tower will Be Built if It is Commercially Beneficial

The fate of an ambitious project suspended several years ago remains still unclear. The Business Contract news agency has tried to cast light on the Trump Tower construction project in Batumi, in the Adjara region.

The Silk Road Group, the project implementing company, told Business Contract that the company will continue its partnership with the Trump Corporation.

“Donald Trump has moved into politics, but his company is continuing operations and negotiations are continued on specific themes. Nothing will change because of Trump’s presidency. The project will be implemented when it becomes commercially beneficial,” Silk Road Group representatives noted.

The Batumi Trump Tower project was developed by famous architect John Fotiadiss. The 47-floor building will comprise apartments with 80 to 700 square meter spaces. Previously, construction works were to start at the end of 2013, but plans were suspended for unclear period. The project’s investment value is 250 million USD.

The project's presentation was attended by Donald Trump and ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. In addition to the Batumi Trump Tower, a sister building was to be built in Tbilisi too. (

Minister vows 400 Internally Displaced families receive flats in Tbilisi this year

Georgia’s Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees, Sozar Subari, says over the course of the year, 400 vulnerable Internally Displaced families will receive flats in newly constructed residential buildings in capital Tbilisi.

Subari stated today 200 such families would be gifted new accommodations in the so-called Olympic Village, near Tbilisi Sea, while the remaining 200 would be resided on Dadiani Street in Nadzaladevi district.

“We will continue our actions for all Internally Displaced families, who live in poor conditions, to have worthy living conditions,” Subari said, noted a special commission was tasked to provide detailed analyses over the living conditions of the Internally Displaced families.

“Thus, a chance of a mistake, that someone who doesn’t deserve may receive the flat, is reduced to a minimum,” Subari said.

Georgia’s Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, stated in September that under the current Government of Georgia, 12,600 Internally Displaced families received new accommodations.

Currently there are about 280,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Georgia; about six percent of the country’s total population.

All of Georgia’s IDPs are either from Abkhazia or Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) – two regions of Georgia that are currently occupied by Russia. (

Kakheti region among 15 perfect places for Americans to emigrate to – The Telegraph

There has been a spike in online searches by desperate Americans considering emigration following Donald Trump's shock election victory. “Need to put an ocean between yourself and Mr Trump? Then try these tempting alternatives”, The Telegraph says, and brings several places where Americans can leave for. Georgia's eastern region of Kakheti is among them.

“Californians have a habit of being more than a little bit smug about their produce - the glories of which are not always immediately evident on the shelves of Trader Joe’s. Pack up your taste for tilling and take it eastwards, to Georgia. Not the state – you’ll be Trumped there – but the country. Specifically, to Kakheti, the country’s eastern food and wine growing region. Did you know that they’ve been making natural wine in Georgia for 8,000 years? This is the new California, and you should be there.” (IPN)