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Thursday, May 28
President Margvelashvili Congratulates Andrzej Duda on His Election as Polish President

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili congratulates President-elect H.E. Andrzej Duda on his election as President of the Republic of Poland.

“It is my great pleasure to convey to you my sincere congratulations on the occasion of Your election as the President of the Republic of Poland.

I am pleased to reiterate that Georgia attaches high importance to the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations with your country as to our strong partner. I remain confident that under Your leadership the historical ties and long lasting cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Poland will be further strengthened and deepened for the mutual benefit of our two nations,” the President’s letter of congratulations reads.

The President wishes Andrzej Duda success in all his kind endeavours that “will serve for peace and prosperity to the friendly Polish people.” (Frontnews)

Abashidze-Karasin meeting in an extended format likely to be held in June

In the coming days it will be known when the next meeting will be held in Prague. The representatives of Georgia and Russia are expected to meet in June. However, this time the participants of the dialogue will not only be Zurab Abashidze and Grigory Karasin.

As it is known, the talks will be conducted under a new and expanded format. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of the economic team are to take part in the talks. (Rustavi2)

Co-op of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia contributes to strengthening stability in region – FM

The cooperation in the format of trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish and Georgian foreign ministers serves the common goals of strengthening stability in the region, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in an interview with The Business Year magazine.

This cooperation is important for creating a more favorable environment for regional projects and investments, he said.

This cooperation is based on the strategic partnership, good neighborliness, mutual trust, as well as respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized border, according to Mammadyarov.

He added that such a format is important for holding consultations on issues that are of common interest and is also necessary for advancing cooperation.

The first trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish and Georgian foreign ministers was held in Trabzon on June 8, 2012. The second such meeting was held March 28, 2013 in Batumi (Georgia), the third – Feb.19, 2014 in Ganja (Azerbaijan) and the fourth – December 2014 in Kars. (

Ten Georgians released from illegal detention in Russian-occupied Tskhinvali

Ten Georgian citizens who were illegally detained by Russian soldiers near the occupation line have been released.

The 10 people were released from their illegal detention at 6.20pm on Tuesday. All 10 were arrested in recent days for allegedly crossing the so-called "illegal border” at the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between Georgia and Georgia’s breakaway Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region.

The European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) and Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs were actively involved in the negotiation process to release the citizens from Tskhinvali.

The detention of Georgian citizens near the ABL is common, especially in spring and summer when local residents follow their grazing cattle or go to the forest to pick "jonjoli” (a variety of capers), mushrooms or wood. It is not always obvious where the occupation line is, as Russian keeps changing the so-called borders, which is informally known as ‘creeping occupation’.

Russian border guards have installed barbed wire fences through several Georgian villages. They will arrest any person who, intentionally or not, attempted to cross this so-called border. When people are detained, the families must pay a ransom to ensure their loved one is removed from the Tskhinvali prison. (