Georgian Foreign Minister holds talks with Swedish counterpart
Georgian Foreign Minister held a meeting with his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt at his office on Saturday. After the face-to-face talks, the two ministers discussed specific issues at the enlarged meeting little later. They discussed Georgia`s close relations with EU. At the meeting, a decision was adopted that a Swedish diplomatic representatives will soon start working in Tbilisi.
In the framework of the visit, the European diplomat will also hold meeting with the Georgian prime minister and representative of opposition parties. The current situation in the occupied regions will be highlighted at the meetings.
Carl Bildt said a significant stage of relationships between Georgia and Sweden has started.
"It is such a close relationship that it requires more permanent stronger diplomatic political presence from our side here in Tbilisi. We have been focusing not that much on the bilateral agenda as the European agenda, the European reforms and democratization process that is Georgia`s strategic direction. We are trying to support it in many different ways", Carl Bildt said.
The demonstration planned by the NGO Identoba, which was intended to be held on Rustaveli Avenue today, was not only disrupted, but it caused mass clashes and violent riot on Tbilisi`s central avenue. While the LGBT supporters were intending to protect their rights by a flash-mob performance, the clergymen of the Orthodox Church...
Parliament speaker has made a special announcement on behalf of the parliament regarding the violent demonstration on Rustaveli Avenue today. Davit Usupashvili called on the protestors, police and whole society to keep order and stability.
The coffins of the three Georgian soldiers, who were killed in a terror attack on Shirgaza military base in Afghanistan last Monday, were transferred to their families last night. Aleksandre Kvitsinadze was from the village of Bershueti, Gori region.
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President of Georgia continues his visit to the United States. Mikheil Saakashvili has held a meeting with the governor of the state of New Jersey Mr. Chris Christie. The governor emphasized the importance to continue the reforms and democratic processes that are underway in Georgia.
Parliamentary opposition has voiced a new initiative about the amendments to the Law on Occupation after the lawmakers failed to adopt the draft amendments proposed by the majority by the second attempt. Leader of the minority Davit Bakradze says they have a compromising version of the sanctions on border violation on the occupied territories.
Several non-governmental organizations have published a special statement calling on the government of Georgia to provide security during the rally of the LGBT persons and another demonstration against LGBT propaganda on Rustaveli Avenue today. The two rallies are underway on Tbilisi`s central avenue right now.
Two demonstrations are underway on Rustaveli Avenue simultaneously. NGO Identity has decided to rally for the protection of the rights of LGBT persons on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.