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Tbilisi hosts Conference of Ambassadors 2019

By Nika Gamtsemlidze
Wednesday, December 18
The Meeting of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Consular Offices, the Conference of Ambassadors 2019 opened in Tbilisi yesterday, on December 17.

During the conference, diplomats discussed the global and regional challenges of international politics, defense and security issues, democratic development, deepening of trade and economic relations, protection of the rights of Georgian citizens abroad, relations with the diaspora and strategic communication.

The conference assessed Georgia's foreign policy achievements and activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the year. Next year's action plan and new initiatives were also presented.

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia attended the meeting. He talked about the achievements of the country, as well as the importance of Georgia’s presidency of the CoE Committee of Ministers.

According to him, this enables Georgia to put the country's issues on the agenda, to show everyone the level of democratization that exists in Georgia today, as well as the challenges that the country faces on a daily basis.

In his speech, the Prime Minister thanked the diplomatic corps for the work done in 2019.

The head of government focused on occupation as the country's biggest challenge. According to Giorgi Gakharia, the policy of non-recognition remains and will remain in effect until the unity of the country is restored as this represents the most important direction of Georgia’s foreign policy.

As Gakharia said, politics must be cold, prudent, and every step should be taken to restore Georgia's unity.

“We need to understand one thing in this regard: everything is acceptable except for war. Our policy must be absolutely cold, wise, and we must take every step to restore the unity of our country. We have to do this, and we must use every tool except war. We have undertaken this obligation and we must follow and fulfill these obligations,” noted Gakharia.

The head of government spoke about the country's internal and external challenges, noting that the country's challenges in the coming years will be jobs, security and education. According to Giorgi Gakharia, creating jobs both inside and outside the country is an important priority.

Prime Minister also talked about the importance of Euro-integration, noting that this represents one of the priorities for the Government of Georgia.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference focuses on Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful resolution of conflicts and European and Euro-Atlantic integration.