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Friday, September 8
Emmanuel Macron says he’s committed to France’s continued support for Georgia

France and Georgia are developing stable and close relations based on shared values, says French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron sent a letter to his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between France and Georgia.

"France and Georgia are celebrating the 25th anniversary of restoring their diplomatic relations. This move was a natural continuation of regaining its independence by Georgia”, Macron said.

He added that he hopes that the years to come will let the two nations continue their dialogue and cooperation in all fields.

"Be sure of my involvement in this regard and in my commitment that France will continue supporting Georgia and its partnership with the European Union to contribute to peace, stability and development of the entire region”, Macron said

Georgian President Margvelashvili also sent a congratulatory letter to Macron, thanking him for supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and EU aspirations.

He mentioned that Georgian and French soldiers serve shoulder to shoulder in the Central African Republic and strengthen each other and also international peace and security. (

,b>Captain Zaza Pachulia ends his national basketball team career

The captain of Georgia’s national basketball team, the first Georgian basketball player who earned NBA championship ring as a member of Golden State Warriors of the US, has announced the end of his career in Georgia.

Pachulia announced the decision today shortly after Georgia lost a dramatic game with Italy with two points yesterday and dropped from the Eurobasket 2017 in the wake of the Israel-Ukraine game, in which Israel was defeated and Georgia lost the only chance to continue the fight.

Pachulia stressed in a post on Facebook that making the decision to leave the national team was "very hard.”

It is very hard to leave what you have carried in your arms for many years with the boys. From the division B to Europe was not an easy way,” Pachulia wrote.

He stressed in the course of 17 years there were many success, disappointment and a hope for the better.

We have done what we could and I have a big hope that the future generations will continue the way,” Pachulia said.

I wished for a different ending very much, but the trauma disabled me to do more. However, I have never spared an effort and striving for victory,” he added.

Pachulia wrote that he was most disappointed because of the Georgian fans "who deserved more.”

I have always felt your support. I will never forget the golden years,” Pachulia said.

Pachulia, 33, is a professional Georgian basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

This June Pachulia made a history for Georgia and became the first Georgian basketball player winning NBA championship.

Pachulia dedicated his win to his home country following the match, while his achievement was celebrated on social media by Georgian citizens and officials including Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

The Georgian joined the NBA in 2003 when he was drafted by Orlando Magic after a successful career start in the Turkish Basketball League.

He also played for Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks until 2015, when he was picked by Dallas Mavericks and later moved to the Warriors.

Pachulia was awarded the Order of Honour, one of the major state prizes of the country by the president, for his achievements in developing the sport in Georgia and representing the country abroad.

At this year’s Eurobasket Georgia defeated Lithuania and Israel and was defeated by Germany, Ukraine and Italy.

On September 5, during the Eurobasket 2017, Pachulia became the father of the fourth child. (

Parliament building in Kutaisi to be renovated

Renovation of the Parliament building in Kutaisi is planned in the near future, - Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze has stated at the plenary session today.

According to Kobakhidze, the glass structure of the building has serious problems and the parking area needs to be arranged as well.

"I would like to briefly tell you about the plans we have in connection with the rehabilitation of the Kutaisi Parliament building. As you know, the Parliament building and the surrounding territory need to be rehabilitated. It is recommended to completely change the glass construction and to arrange a parking area,” he said.

The Chairman of Parliament instructed the Treasury Board to study the financial aspect of the mentioned issue. (IPN)

Georgia Hosts Exchange Program: Migration – Challenge of Modernity

The International Centre for Peace and Integration is hosting an exchange program entitled “Migration – Challenge of Modernity” from the 4th to 11th of September.

The project is funded by the European Commission in the frameworks of Erasmus+. It is a two-stage program which holds the purpose of the participant countries sharing each other’s practices regarding migration management and raising awareness of their societies towards the community.

During this project in Lagodekhi, on the 6th of September, participants will have a chance to meet a representative of State Commission on Migration Issues, Nino Kereselidze, who will speak about current projects involving governmental and non-governmental organizations. Representative of “Open House”, Irakli Malania, will discuss present-day migration practice and future plans of the organization with the participants. Zurab Balanchivadze will speak about influence of social media and will mentor the participants in shooting short videos that will promote positive messages regarding migration.

The project unites non-governmental organizations founded in different countries, namely the Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia and Russia.

The first stage of the project was implemented in Czech Republic from 11th to 17th of July 2017 with the support of a local non-governmental organization, “Genesis”. (