Minister of Defence of Georgia is paying an official visit to the United States. The goal of the visit is to hold consultations on defence cooperation issues.
Within the visit in USA, Dimitiri Shashkini held meetings with senators, Republican Party members David Vitter and James Inhofe from Senate Armed Services Committee as well as Joe Wilson and Congressman Rob Wittman representing House of Armed Services and House of Foreign Affairs Committees.
At the meeting the sides underlined importance of 6 point agreement reached between the U.S. and Georgia, concerning enhancement of defence cooperation in the following directions: operational air surveillance/air defense training and education, defensive combat engineer training and education, utility helicopter aviation training support. During discussions the congressmen and senators expressed support for the impelemention of Obama-Saakashvili cooperation plan, execution of which is very important for the national security and improvement of air-defence capabilities.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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The officers of VII unit of Old Tbilisi Police Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs pressed charges against representatives of Orthodox clergy: archimandrite of Sameba cathedral church, father Anthimoz (Tamaz) Bichinashvili and monk from "Ioane and Tornike Eristavi convent"
Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and the candidate of the Georgian Dream ruling party for the president, Giorgi Margvelashvili has commented on the investigation of the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, on May17. Margvelashvili says any person should be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II condemns the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on May 17, when the LGBT rally was dispersed by the worshippers and protestors of a counter-demonstration.