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Wednesday, August 27
New hospital will be built near Abkhazia, says Georgian PM

A new high-profile hospital is earmarked to be built in western Georgia near the administrative border of Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia, offering treatment to Georgian and Abkhazian citizens.Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili visited Rukhi village in the Samegrelo region on August 25 and took part in a ceremony where the foundations of the new clinic were laid.

The PM believed the modern clinic reaching international standards would serve the entire region and was initially the brainchild of Georgia’s previous Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.In addition to the hospital with 220 beds, a hotel-type dormitory will be built, which will enable relatives of patients the ability to stay close to the hospital when necessary. Sports and recreation facilities will also be built."The cost of the project is expected to exceed 40 million GEL and is of great importance. It will significantly improve the medical services of Samegrelo and the surrounding regions and most importantly it will connect both sides of Enguri,” Garibashvili said."Our Abkhazian brothers will be able to be treated here and enjoy all of the privileges the state offers to Georgian citizens” Garibashvili said.The Prime Minister stressed the new hospital would see the creation of new jobs, where local people and refugees will be employed. After the hospital is built, a number of people in the region will be trained to work in different positions within the clinic and on its staff list."By our estimations nearly 600 people will be employed at the hospital including medical, technical and support staff. This will be an important source of income for the local population,” Garibashvili noted.

Finally, in his speech the Georgian leader spoke about the Governmental insurance and universal healthcare program and noted hospitals were being built across the whole country in order to make treatment available to everyone. (

“We have information about Georgian citizens, who are fighting with the Islamic State

We have information about Georgian citizens who are fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) fighters, and currently are fighting in Iraq; Irakli Sesiashvili, Chairman of the Georgian Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee told Frontnews on Tuesday.

“This is intelligence information. In general, we actively cooperate with our partner countries in this regard. We are working on this issue and trying to take precautionary measures in order to avoid such groups’ movement in and out of our territories,” Irakli Sesiashvili said.

“According to our legislation, if someone is a member of any terrorist organization, this is a punishable offense. Consequently, if there is relevant evidence and proven facts, these facts must be responded to by law enforcement agencies,” he added.

When asked about the IS fighters’ idea of creating a caliphate, Irakli Sesiashvili said: “This is a global problem, the entire civilized world, as well as Georgia is trying to solve this problem…we are trying to take preventive measures to reduce the risks; it is a global problem and in this case, we are co-participants of the campaigns carried out by NATO and the European Union”.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond launched a scathing attack on the radicalization of young British Muslims, the Guardian reported on August 24.

According to The Guardian, “several British jihadists fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria are under investigation after an American reporter was beheaded on camera.

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, said jihadists fighting overseas should lose their British passports and be barred from returning to the UK. He also criticized multiculturalism for allowing immigrant communities to establish "separate identities in our cities".

In an unusual alliance, David Davis, the Conservative backbencher and one of parliament's most outspoken libertarians, also said British jihadists should be stripped of their citizenship, even though this might be against international law”.

The EU countries have the same position.

As for the number of Georgia’s citizens, who are the Islamic State fighters, there is different information in this regard. It should be noted that there are a lot of the Islamic State fighters, who are Russian citizens from the North Caucasus. (Frontnews)

Giorgi Margvelashvili to meet EBRD President

The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili will meet the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Ser Suma Chakrabart on 3 September in London. The president’s administration informed InterpressNews, Margvelashvili’s advisor Giorgi Abashishvili and Bruno Balvanera, the Director for Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus of EBRD. They stressed the significance of the meeting and focused on the role of the EBRD in the development of Georgia’s economy. (IPN)

Traffic blocked up to Akhalgori

The puppet regime in Georgia’s breakaway Tskhinvali region has blocked the traffic to the Akhalgori village due to the celebrations of the sixth anniversary since the recognition of South Ossetia independence by Russia. Several events are planned within the festivities.

Russia’s previous president Dmitri Medvedev made an official announcement on recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia briefly after the August War ended in 2008. The president`s decree was issued on August 26th and the document was adopted by the Russian DUMA the next day. (Rustavi 2)

Oleg Melnikov may leave prison in December

Former employee of the Constitutional Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Oleg Melnikov may leave prison in December, Oleg Melnikov’s lawyer Valeri Balkhamashvili told Frontnews on Tuesday.

According to him, the court should approve the agreement between the Prosecutor’s Office and Melnikov, as per which he will be sentenced to two years in prison.

On August 11, Oleg Melnokov pleaded guilty to all charges linked to Sandro Girgvliani’s murder case. (Frontnews)