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Press Conference of Press Speaker Moistsrapishvili

Press Conference of Press Speaker Moistsrapishvili

Press Speaker Khatia Moistsrapishvili held a press conference on key political issues of the current week, the President's forthcoming address at the Parliament and her recent and upcoming international visits.

Moistsrapishvili said that the President of Georgia, in accordance with the Constitution, will deliver an address to the Parliament of Georgia on March 6. Her address will focus on the country’s domestic and foreign challenges and matters related to the Pardon Commission.

“According to the Parliamentary regulation, after the President’s statement, chairmen of the factions that are not united in the majority nor in minority will address the audience. At the end, leaders of the minority and majority will deliver addresses. The question/answer format will not be included according to the new regulation of the Parliament,” Press Speaker said.  

She also discussed President Zourabichvili’s upcoming visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan, highlighting the importance the President attaches to the meeting with President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva.

“According to President Zourabichvili, Azerbaijan, our strategic partner in the region, has a great potential for the region’s development. The visit aims at further advancing Georgia’s strategic partnership with a neighboring state Azerbaijan. Aside political, economic, and trade relations, development of cultural ties that have been based on good neighborly and friendly relations between the Georgian and Azeri peoples over the years is also a top priority,” Moistsrapishvili said, informing journalists of the further details of President Zourabichvili’s prospective visit to Azerbaijan.

“On February 27, President Zourabichvili will hold a face-to-face meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. The two presidents will also hold a second meeting along with accompanying delegations. President Zourabichvili and President Aliyev will discuss outcomes of the meetings at the joint press conference. In Baku, she will hold high-level meetings with Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov and Speaker of the National Assembly Ogtay Asadov.

As part of the visit, President Zourabichvili will also meet with Georgian students studying in Baku and representatives of different working groups,” Moistsrapishvili said, stressing that President Zourabichvili will visit Azerbaijan along with the state delegation that includes representatives of the Presidential Administration, Legislative and Executive authorities.

Moistsrapishvili also discussed outcomes of the meetings President Zourabichvili held as part of her recent visits to France and Germany.

"At the meetings held as part of President Zourabichvili’s visit to France, France's firm support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders was highlighted.

President Zourabichvili and President Emmanuel Macron signed the Declaration of Cooperation on Establishing the Dimitri Amilakhvari Georgian-French Dialogue that aims at advancing cooperation in political and parliamentary areas, defence and security, trade and economy, culture and education.

Speaking of the current security environment in Georgia, it was stressed that France is one of the key partners for Georgia, helping Georgia to strengthen the airspace security. France made a pledge to further strengthen cooperation to help Georgia purchase the necessary equipment. President Zourabichvili invited President Macron to Georgia. She hopes that President Macron will visit Georgia along with his economic delegation and the companies operating in France will study Georgia’s economic and investment potential. President Zourabichvili has an ambition France to be not only the closest friend, but also the crucial economic partner for Georgia,” Moistsrapishvili said, moving to President Zourabichvili’s visit to Germany.

"‘Support, loyalty, and friendship – these three words describe Georgia-Germany relations that have been the same since the first period of Georgia’s independence and will also remain the same in the future,’ this is how President Zourabichvili assessed her visit to Germany.

As highlighted, Georgia attaches great importance to friendship with Germany. The Georgian Government continues promoting the non-recognition policy of Georgia’s occupied territories that is also supported by our friend Germany. We hope that it will be possible to solve this issues in a new, more advanced political framework.

President Zourabichvili hopes that Germany, using all possible means, will help Georgia join Europe until the country reaches the full-fledged political and legal membership,” Press Speaker said.

Moistsrapishvili also touched upon the reorganization process underway at the Presidential Administration, stressing that the process has moved to the third stage. The Presidential Administration staff should be reduced to 60 employees.

"The number of employees at the Presidential Administration was pre-determined at the very beginning of the process. Now the third stage of reorganization is underway. 63 employees have been offered the career protection service. The Presidential Administration will spread information to all the public agencies in Tbilisi to find vacant positions relevant to these people,” Moistsrapishvili said.

The Press Speaker also discussed matters related to the Pardon Commission. According to Moistsrapishvili, President Zourabichvili attaches great importance to this issue and believes that the Commission should be composed of professionals. The President thinks that the rule on pardon should be tightened at the legal level.

“The President will not allow the Pardon Commission to become a subject of pressure. She believes that the rule on pardon should be tightened at the legal level. The rule on pardon should be written in a way to answer all the questions and enhance trust in the society,” Moistsrapishvili concluded.