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Thursday, November 2
Georgian PM, Estonian president meet to enhance ties

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has hosted President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and discussed commercial-economic and political issues with her.

Our relations are progressing dynamically. However, it is important to use our potential to the full in various fields,” Kvirikashvili stated at the meeting today in Tbilisi.

Kvirikashvili highlighted Georgia’s progress in different directions that has been recognized by foreign ratings and organizations.

The officials spoke about the Eastern Partnership Summit planned in November.

Georgia will present at the summit as a country which has met all its obligations,” Kvirikashvili stated.

The PM briefed the Estonian president over the situation in Georgia’s occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

The Estonian president reiterated her support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and expressed openness for closer partnership. (

Turkish Airlines Tbilisi-Istanbul flights are more comfortable now with new wide body Aircraft A330

Having the passenger satisfaction as a priority, Turkish Airlines continues to bring innovation to the unmatched travel experience, offered by the carrier

Starting from the 31st of October, Turkish Airlines offers to its passengers to fly with wide body aircraft. This is the first time on Georgian market to operate with wide body aircraft on regular basis.

Turkish Airlines flights TK386/TK387 will be operated with A330, which equipped latest technology and awarded in flight entertainment system on all flights to/from Tbilisi. (Turkish Airlines, Inc. Media Relations)

Georgian President, PM Condemn New York Truck Attack

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili condemned a terror attack in New York that left eight people killed and 11 injured after the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan on October 31.

“I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attack in NYC that claimed lives of innocent people. Georgia condemns any form of terrorism and stands with the international community in fight against this huge global threat,” President Margvelashvili said in a statement released on November 1.

“In this difficult time, on behalf of the Georgian people and myself, I show support to the U.S. Government and American people,” he added.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili wrote in his Twitter post that he is “shocked and saddened to learn of terrible attack in New York City.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” PM Kvirikashvili writes. (

H&M to open its first store in Georgia on 18 November

International Swedish brand H&M (Hennes&Mauritz AB) will open its first store in Georgia on 18 November.

The brand will be placed on three floors in the Galeria Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue N2/4.

As the company claims, the customer will be able to buy clothes at an affordable price.

"We are very glad to open our first store in Georgia. We look forward to November 18," said H&M's regional manager in Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Georgia.

On November 18, all guests will be able to enjoy a 20% discount on the entire collection. Those who take the first, second and third places in the queue will receive 200, 100 and 50-GEL gift cards. The next 1000 guests will receive a 30-GEL gift card. (ipn)

Georgian President says no serious violations observed during local elections

“From my point of view, the elections were conducted normally, without any serious violations,” Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has responded to an Estonian reporter’s question.

He has put emphasis on election system problems and remarked that it is necessary to establish an election system that will turn into political pluralism.

‘’Up to ten days ago Georgian Dream won elections that were conducted in a normal manner, without any serious violations. The opposition was allowed to conduct an election campaign. Questions may rise when there is competition and one party always wins with majority… the questions may refer to whether it is good. I can say that this is the aim of democracy. Democracy means competition. European democracy means that there are at least three or five strong parties in a state. This is a direct message saying there is a problem in our election system. We are a free society trying to impose higher democratic standards,” Giorgi Margvelashvili has declared. (IPN)