Georgian president offers condolences to killed soldier`s family
Georgian President has expressed sorrow at the death of the Georgian soldier in Afghanistan. Mikheil Saakashvili has offered his condolences to family, friends and companions-in-arms of the killed soldier.
Sergeant Valerian Khujadze had been serving in the 31st Battalion in the province of Helmand within the NATO-led ISAF operation.
Khujadze was patrolling when he exploded on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and died from the injuries. He had been serving in the Georgian Armed Forces since 2004. Sergeant Khujadze also participated in a peacekeeping mission in Iraq. In 2011 he was awarded with the "Medal for Participation in Peacekeeping Operations". The family of the deceased military servicemen will receive the package of social assistance in accordance with the Georgian legislation.
EU Ambassador to Georgia Phillip Dimitrov has commented on the detention of Giorgi Oniani, the attorney of the ex-minister of defense Bacho Akhalaia. Dimitrov says that the detention of any opposition figure raises doubts when it happens before elections.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton is expected to arrive in Ukraine later today. The European Union has already announced that the organization will allocate 20 billion EUROs to assist the new government of the country.
Ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine after Yanukovich was toppled down by Rada. During the hardest days for Ukraine, when about a hundred people were killed in the clashes with the police, Saakashvili could not be in Kiev as his name was in the black list by Yanukovich`s government.
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili started his three-day visit to the Unites States of America. At the beginning of the visit, Georgian Prime Minister visited newly purchased building of Georgian Embassy to the US.
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The second Georgian national, who was killed in the clashes between the protestors and the police in Kiev, will be buried in Tbilisi tomorrow. Davit Kipiani`s body was transferred from Ukraine to Georgia last night. The Tbilisi government says they will cover the expenses of the burial.
The attorney of the former defense minister Bacho Akhalaia is currently held at the Chapidze Cardiology Hospital, where he was transferred from the police department after feeling bad. Goga Oniani was arrested by the police late last night.
President Giorgi Margvelashvili delivered his first annual state of the nation address to the Parliament on February 21 followed by lengthy debates during which UNM opposition lawmakers criticized the speech for “lacking specifics” and ruling coalition MPs praised it for “making right accents.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has published the text of the EU Association Agreement in Georgian on the official website. The same document in Georgia will be also released by the NATO Information Center of Georgia.