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Friday, December 16
Prime Minister Meets the Ambassador of Bulgaria

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Desislava Ivanova, the newly-appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia.

The diplomat congratulated Giorgi Kvirikashvili on his victory in the parliamentary elections and reiterated Bulgaria's support for Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that between 2017-2019, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria will serve as the NATO Contact Point Embassy to Georgia, while January-June 2018 will mark Bulgaria's EU Presidency. According to the ambassador, Bulgaria will provide Georgia with institutional support.

The need to intensify the bilateral relations was also emphasized at the meeting. The Prime Minister of Georgia stressed the importance of advancing the relations between the two countries to a substantially new level because, besides being Georgia's staunch partner, Bulgaria can also share its valuable experience in the path to NATO and EU integration.

Special attention was also paid to deepening bilateral economic relations, and joint agricultural projects were planned as well.

The meeting was also attended by Tedo Japaridze, the Prime Minister's foreign affairs advisor. (

Meeting of the BSEC Council of Foreign Ministers in Belgrade

The 35th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) member states was held in Belgrade. The meeting was chaired by Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic.

The Georgian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania, who, while addressing the meeting, gave a high assessment to the progress Serbia has achieved during the period of the BSEC chairmanship in the spheres of the development of the BSEC-EU co-operation, as well as sectoral co-operation. It was underlined that the existing conflicts in the region impede the development of the economic relations of the BSEC member states. The delegations also underlined the need to resolve the existing conflicts by peaceful means in accordance with the principles of the international law.

On 1 January 2017, the Republic of Turkey will take over the Chairmanship-in-Office of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.

Within the framework of the visit to the Republic of Serbia, the Georgian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania, held meetings with Serbia’s Deputy Foreign Minister D. Petrovic. Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Renata Pindzo and Director of the International Economic Relations Department of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nenad Durcevic.

The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister also held a meeting with Georgians living in Belgrade. (