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Friday, February 16
Georgia’s condolences to Deadly School Shooting Victims in Florida

Georgia's officials have offered condolences to the United States over the deadly shooting in Florida public school that left at least 17 dead and around 20 injured.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by tragic shooting at Parkland school in Florida. We stand with the US government and American people in solidarity,” stated President Giorgi Margvelashvili via Facebook.

“I am horrified by the news of the Parkland School shooting in Florida. My prayers are with the families of the victims,” wrote Prime Minister Kvirikashvili on Twitter.

The shooting at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida happened on Wednesday.

The gunman, armed with a semi automatic AR-15 rifle, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, authorities said.

As reported by media, he began his shooting rampage outside the High School shortly before end of the school day, at around 2:40 p.m. He then made his way inside and proceeded down hallways he knew well, firing at students and teachers who were scurrying for cover.

According to a law enforcement source, the suspect initially mixed in with the crowd of students to try to get away, but he was noticed and taken into custody about an hour after the shooting began.

The shooting is among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

Georgia’s Minister of Economy Participates in Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Meeting

The First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Dimitry Kumsishvili attended the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council in Baku within the frames of his official visit to Azerbaijan.

The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev opened the ceremony.

Within the frames of the visit, Kumsishvili met Ilham Aliyev, where important issues between the two countries were discussed. The Deputy Prime Minister also held bilateral meetings with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Berat Albayrak and the Regional President of PB, Gary Jones.

Other meetings are planned with the Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan, Shahin Mustafayev, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic and Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Sue Saarnio.

In order to supply Europe with the gas from Azerbaijan with the Southern Gas Corridor, it shall pass through Georgia and Turkey. It will connect the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in future.
(Prepared by Mariam Chanishvili)