2 Years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • We managed initializing and further signing of the association agreement with European Union, as a result of which the year of 2014 will enter the history of Georgia as the year of association with European Union;
  • We approached NATO even closer – at 2014 Welsh Summit Georgia received a “significant packet”;
  • Reduced the number of recognized occupied territories in Georgia;
  • Significantly increased the support for UN resolution concerning displaced people and refugees and decreased the number of those opposing the resolution;
  • Increased the number of countries Georgia has diplomatic relations with up to 182;

  • Managed to a certain extent deescalate the exiting tension and it must be noted that it did not happen at the expense of giving up so-called red lines which are the most important for Georgia;

  • Significantly increased the role of our country in international security affairs. Georgia is actively involved in both NATO and European Union peacekeeping operations;

  • We were endowed an associated member status in Caribbean Commonwealth (CARICOM) and in the commonwealth of Portugal Language countries (CPLP);

  • Tbilisi became a centre of attention of international politics which is clearly proved by multiple high and top visits of our international partners. In particular, six presidents and one prime-minister, 19 foreign affairs ministers and 2 ministers for European Affairs, European Union and European Commission presidents, 2 European Commissioners, Secretary General of European Council, OSCE chairman country, President of Switzerland visited Georgia within last one year; there also was a joint visit of French and German Foreign Affairs Ministers and the first visit of Afghanistan Foreign Affairs minister to Tbilisi as well. Parliamentary delegation visits have become intensive too; 9 members of European Parliament and 6 USA congressmen visited Tbilisi

  • We signed a historic document on June 27 – Association Agreement, which took Georgia to a new qualitative and at the same time more responsible stage of its relationship with European Union. As a result European integration has become not only not only external political priority of our country but internal as well. We have received Georgian-European Union association agenda which is a list of jointly agreed priorities for 2014-2016 and aims at implementation promotion of the Association agreement, including profound and all-embracing free trade area.

  • Completed demands envisaged by the first, legislation stage, for liberalization of visa regime with the European Union and commenced the second, implementation, stage. There is one high level visit to Brussels to be particularly mentioned as well as unprecedented meeting of European Commissioners Board with Georgian Government.

  • In addition to this it must be pointed out that the European Parliament has adopted 8 resolutions in support of Georgia. Our faithfulness to European values is also proved by our joining 215 declarations out of 282 in various international bodies in European Union within the last year.

  • Relationship with NATO has been dynamically developing during the whole year, including in military and defense spheres. It must be pointed out that there were 17 meetings of NATO-Georgia commissions, two of which were those at the level of Foreign Affairs ministers and one –at the level of Defense ministers.

  • It was the first time in the history of NATO-Georgia relationship when NATO military committee has visited Georgia, which gave basis for a new stage of cooperation. Georgian topic was adequately reflected in political declarations and in significant packet at the Welsh Summit;
  • High and top level meetings with the USA legislative and executive bodies representatives hold a significant place as well as active cooperation with non-governmental organizations and business circles.
  • Georgian prime-minister’s first official visit to Washington has become one of the most important events, within which Georgian government delegation carried out bilateral meetings with more than 30 influential congressmen, senators, executive government members, research organizations, non-governmental sector and mass-media representatives. A successful plenary sitting of Strategic Partnership Commission, a so-called “omnibus” meeting, took place during the visit to Washington. A working group meeting of democracy and government took place in Tbilisi. Two Congress initiated resolutions in support of Georgia are highly welcome. These resolutions have proved once again the bipartisan support of the USA Congress to Georgia.
  • After the end of diplomatic relationship with Moscow the contacts between the representatives of two countries take place within Geneva International Negotiations Format, where, in accordance with the August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement, the topics of Georgian territory de-occupation, assumption of obligations of not using force and displaced people’s secure and dignified return to their homes will be discussed with mediation of the UN, OSCE, European Union as well as with United States participation. During the rounds carried out in 2012-2014 Georgian delegation managed to maintain the Geneva Format (despite multiple attempts on the part of Russia to derail Geneva negotiations) and consolidate support for Georgia in respect of acute issues of the so-called red lines.