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Consideration of the draft law "On transparency of foreign influence" has begun. The legal issues committee of the Parliament is considering the initiative against the background of protests.The rally is taking place at the back entrance of the Parliament of Georgia. Representatives of civil organizations and media are gathered at the site, who have unfurled banners with the inscription "No to the Russian law!" Those present at the rally are protesting the draft law "On the transparency of foreign influence", which is being considered by the legal committee.

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The rally is taking place at the back entrance of the Parliament

The police are mobilized on the spot.In addition, it should be noted that in addition to the rally scheduled for the morning, the rally against the bill will be held in front of the Parliament in the evening at 19:00."The fight for the European future of Georgia continues. Don't stay at home, go out. "Russian law" applies to all citizens of Georgia! "Russian law" is a big wall between Georgia and Europe! Yes Europe! Not to the Russian law!" - is written in the information spread by the organizers on the social network.The Parliament starts considering the draft law "On the transparency of foreign influence". The draft submitted by the faction "Georgian Dream" is being discussed today by the Legal Affairs Committee in the first reading.

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German Chancellor critical of so-called Foreign Agents bill; hopes Geo...

According to Scholz, it is now very important to organize this process so well that all the necessary criteria for membership are developed.“Judicial and economic reforms are important here, but, above all, also the rule of law and democracy. We know that joining the European Union is not only the government’s aspiration but also the great desire of the citizens of Georgia, the people who support Georgia’s accession to the European Union and the acceleration of this process. That is why supporting European values is crucial, and the European Union and Europe should be very important,” said Olaf Scholz.The German Chancellor believes it is also crucial to discuss problems.“We, like the entire EU, are very critical of the so-called Agents Law, and since this bill has been suspended, we had high hopes that it would no longer be on the agenda. The new bill has remained virtually unchanged. This is almost the same as last year, and we really hope that Georgia and the Georgian Parliament will not adopt this law while taking into account our critical position and the position of the population of Georgia. Therefore, in our conversation, I once again emphasized the importance of civil society organizations and cooperation between the opposition and the government, which is very important for social development,” said Olaf Scholz.At the press conference, the German Chancellor was asked the question: “You commented on the law on Transparency of Foreign Influence and expressed hope that Georgia will not adopt the law in its current form. The Prime Minister of Georgia said that the European Commission also came up with a similar initiative. We observe that the regulations in this area are relevant in Europe, many countries have adopted the same or similar laws. We wonder why European partners are concerned, if the same regulations or similar rules apply in Europe and the USA,” to which Olaf Scholz remarked:“There is no such legislation in the European Union. There is a discussion about establishing transparency in various areas, but this is a completely different concept. This has not yet been decided and most likely will not be decided,” said Olaf Scholz.

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Georgia-China visa-free travel agreement signed

The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the signature of the document between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on mutual exemption from visa requirements for holders of ordinary passports.Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and Chinese Ambassador to Georgia Zhou Qian inked the document.The visa-free travel regime to Georgia for Chinese citizens was enforced on September 11, 2023.

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PM says medical community dissatisfied by communication with Health Mi...

According to the PM, he spoke with Zurab Azarashvili in the morning.“I could see problems in terms of management and communication. There was dissatisfaction in the medical community. The example of the Republican Hospital convinced me of such problems. We had an open conversation with the Minister and decided he would resign,” Kobakhidze said.Zurab Azarashvili, Georgian Minister of IDPs, Labor, Health and Social Affairs, resigned on March 1.

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Minister of Health Resigns

The head of the government will introduce the new minister of health in the coming days.The government administration disseminated the above information.

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Ambassador Dunnigan: No country has been a stronger supporter and frie...

As the US Ambassador stated at the Foreign Relations Committee meeting, the US supports Georgia and her role as an Ambassador is to “deepen that special friendship and partnership.”“Georgians and Americans do share a special friendship, which I believe is rooted in our shared love of freedom and liberty. It is also rooted in a belief that if we have the freedom to do so through hard work and dedication, we can make the world a better place for our children.My top priority as the US Ambassador is to deepen that special friendship and partnership. But let me start before I look forward, to look backward and reflect on what our partnership has meant over the past 32 years. Mr. Chairman, I very much appreciate your remarks looking back on that partnership. On Sunday, we marked Soviet Occupation Day, remembering when the Red Army tragically annexed Georgia. In the years since Georgia regained its independence, I contend that no country has been a stronger supporter and friend of Georgia than the United States.Over the past 32 years, we have provided more than $6 billion in assistance to Georgia, but that number does not begin to tell the story of our friendship and how our partnership has benefited both countries. I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Georgians I have met, whose lives have been changed by our special friendship. During my time here, I’ve met soldiers, Coast Guard officials and first responders who have been trained and equipped working together with the United States.I have met university professors and teachers and students who have told me that their partnerships and exchanges with Americans have changed their lives. I’ve met farmers and small business owners who told me that the financing and support that they received from the United States helped their businesses survive. U.S. Support has also contributed to helping Georgia defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Our funding helped build and equip most of Georgia’s border crossings. All but two, I believe. Our assistance helped establish, train and equip the Georgian Coast Guard to patrol your maritime border. 1,600 Georgians have been beneficiaries of U.S. military education in the United States. We’ve provided Georgia with NATO interoperable weapons and trained together in multinational exercises, including here in Georgia. So in some looking back over the past 32 years, the United States has been one of, if not the strongest supporter of Georgia, and we will continue to be,” she said.

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Georgian PM announces China to introduce visa-free travel for Georgian...

In his remarks, Kobakhidze noted Georgian nationals would be able to stay in China without a visa for up to 30 days.“China has decided to introduce visa-free travel for Georgian citizens. Citizens of Georgia will be able to spend 30 consecutive days in China without a visa. This is an important decision that will make it easier for our fellow citizens to travel to China and will create new opportunities for further development of political, economic and cultural ties between Georgia and China”, he said at a Government meeting.The Government head stressed the decision was “another important practical result” of the strategic partnership agreement signed between the two states last year.The Georgian Government last year announced visa-free travel to the country for Chinese citizens, citing attracting visitors and mutual economic investments among “main interests” behind the decision.

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UK PM congratulates Irakli Kobakhidze on appointment as Georgian PM

Rishi Sunak, in his congratulatory letter, underscored that over 30 years since the restoration of the diplomatic relations, the friendship between Georgia and the UK “has flourished.”“I would like to offer my warm congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia.I am proud that, over more than 30 years since the restoration of our diplomatic relations, the friendship between our two countries has flourished. The closeness of our relationship is captured in the UK-Georgia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, spanning political, security, commercial and cultural links, as well as the annual Wardrop Strategic Dialogue.I am well aware of the deep resonance that Russia’s unprovoked and brutal war in Ukraine has for the people of Georgia. It touches on painful memories and demonstrates the unrelenting challenges that Georgia faces today. You can be assured that the UK will remain resolute in our support for Georgia’s sovereignty, and territorial integrity and against Russian aggression.We continue to be inspired by Georgia’s commitment to freedom and democratic values. I am delighted that our governments are working closely together to deliver the reforms required to realise Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and to strengthen your cyber resilience against Russian hybrid aggression.I wish you every success in your new role and look forward to working with you to strengthen further our partnership,” he said.

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Counselor of US Department of State congratulates Georgian PM on appoi...

“Positive call today with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze. I congratulated Kobakhidze on his new role and affirmed our ongoing commitment to support the Georgian government and people in their Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” – he said.

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