This week Georgia’s ambassadors representing the country abroad gather in Tbilisi to discuss their homeland’s foreign affairs and aspirations at the city’s Courtyard Marriott.
The event is attended by envoys of the of the Government’s executive and legislative branches as well as diplomatic corps serving abroad.
At today’s opening of the event, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili raised the subject of the country’s international economic aspirations. He discussed some of the on-going foreign policy projects with the present audience, highlighting Georgia’s role in the New Silk Road project:
“In February this year Georgia received the first cargo train from China. This is a part of the New Silk Road project, which was successfully implemented through participation of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China.”
The PM stressed Georgia’s key role as a transit country within the New Silk Road:
“Transporting cargo to Europe through Georgia once again underlines the fact that Georgia plays an important role in the region as a transit country. The increased turnover in Georgia’s ports and railway will bring an additional $100-120 USD into the Georgian economy,” Garibashvili said.
The newly nominated minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated Georgia’s foreign policy aspirations concisely as “integration with the West and economic relations with the East.”
As for Russia, Kvirikashvili noted that there has been success in the economic relations, but not in political:
“With Russia there have been positive developments in the economic sense, but there is no such dynamics on the political arena. Unfortunately, in this regard there are only negative developments.”