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Thursday, November 10
Mikheil Saakashvili on Trump: We are friends, I foresaw this

Former president of Georgia and ex-Governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili is backing Donald Trump, the U.S. President-Elect.

MIkheil Saakashvili has posted a photo showing him and Donald Trump together in Batumi saying that he had foreseen the result. He assesses Trump as a strong person with unpredictable policices.

“I have known him for 20 years,” he has written.

Donald Trump was declared the winner of the U.S. Presidential election yesterday. (IPN)

Georgian Church Delegation Visits Brussels

A delegation of the Georgian Orthodox Church is visiting Brussels on November 7-11.

The nine-member delegation has already been hosted by NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai.

“A very warm meeting was held here, where we received comprehensive information about NATO-Georgia relations,” a senior Orthodox cleric, Metropolitan Theodore of Akhaltsikhe told reporters in the NATO Headquarters.

The Georgian church delegation is accompanied by representatives of the Office of the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Center for Development and Democracy (CDD) and the Information Center on NATO and the EU. (

United Arab Emirates official: Kvirikashvili’s gov’t will secure Georgia’s advancement

A senior official from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is congratulating Georgia’s Prime Minister on a "convincing victory” in the country’s Parliamentary Elections.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development congratulated Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili for the ruling team’s victory in a phone conversation last night.

The UAE official believed that the Government headed by Kvirikashvili would secure a successful development and advancement of the country and intensify cooperation with UAE.

Kvirikashvili noted that UAE was a "great friend” of Georgia and bilateral relations between the two countries had a "genuinely great future”. (

New Rights leaves Paata Burchuladze-led coalition

The New Rights party has left a coalition led by operatic bass Paata Burchuladze after it suffered a resounding defeat in the parliamentary elections in October.

Mamuka Katsitadze, a leading figure of the New Rights, said the coalition was intended solely for the parliamentary elections.

“After the elections finished, the coalition finished as well,” Mamuka Katsitadze said to the First Channel.

Paata Burchuladze established his political movement, State for People, in May. Since then several political groups aligned with his party, including groups formed by United National Movement dissenters, Girchi and Akhali Sakartvelo (New Georgia). Nevertheless, State for People couldn’t manage to pass electoral threshold of 5 percent needed to qualify for parliament seats.

Paata Burchuladze ejected Girchi from his coalition just before the elections. (DF watch)

Georgia to Join Black Sea Security

“Together with the North-Atlantic community, we are sure to be part of Black Sea Security,” Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili told the press in his comment on this issue.

According to the Prime Minister, Georgia is engaged in the Black Sea Security Dialogue as set forth at the NATO Summit, with continuous consultations in full swing.

Georgia, according to the Head of Government, may participate in patrolling and other similar operations.

"It is very important to us because this process is an inseparable part of our NATO integration," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated. (