Ambassadorial 2015 opens in Tbilisi
04 September, 2015
Ambassadorial 2015 opens in Tbilisi
On September 2, an annual meeting of Georgia’s diplomatic representatives abroad, titled Ambassadorial 2015, was opened in Tbilisi. It is scheduled to last for two days.

“If this evaluation is positive, we expect that the European Commission will make a positive decision about visa-free travel for Georgia from 2016. In addition, we must take into account the fact of the context being very complex; by that I mean the migration crisis that has created challenges for the EU”.

The event was
attended by Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and Georgia’s recently appointed Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, along with representatives of the government’s executive and legal branches as well as diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia. Government representatives made several speeches to address the grand assembly.
“We are trying to develop relations with the Eurasian continent and we consider all possibilities and potential that exist there,” stated Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili in his speech at the ambassadorial. 
He said that the abovementioned direction is the right one and Georgia will work on it in parallel with European integration.
“We live in a very interesting period. Over the last two years we have achieved significant progress and success, not to mention that we signed an Association Agreement last year. I am personally controlling the implementation process: We’ve set up a state commission that is chaired by me. 
Also, we have significant progress in NATO relations. As you know the Alliance’s secretary-general visited Georgia a few days ago and we opened a NATO training center together. This was another important message to our friendly countries. We follow this path firmly, of course, but we also try to develop other relationships,” said the Prime Minister.
New Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili also said that the Georgian government will consider all possibilities and potential that exist on the Eurasian continent.
“Naturally, our main task - European integration and NATO aspirations - remains in force, but at the same time, we must deepen our relations with China, Asia and the Middle Eastern countries. I believe that this is a right direction to go,” said the Minister.
According to Georgia’s representative to the EU Natali Sabanadze, there exists a concrete and realistic plan about visa liberalization and by the end of this year the progress made by Georgia must be evaluated. 
“If this evaluation is positive, we expect that the European Commission will make a positive decision about visa-free travel for Georgia from 2016. In addition, we must take into account the fact of the context being very complex; by that I mean the migration crisis that has created challenges for the EU. Given all this, it is very difficult to make a decision. That’s why there might be some factors that do not depend on us and may have a negative impact, although I remain optimistic,” she said.
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