Washington Times: “Georgian PM Gakharia possesses experience, skill to walk Georgia towards NATO, EU”

  • The Washington Times has cited Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia as saying that direct military confrontation with Russia will produce disastrous results. Photo: government of Georgia press office. 

Review by Gvantsa Gabekhadze

political editor

Agenda.ge, 8 Oct 2019, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Washington Times reads in its recently released article titled Georgia is key for latest geopolitical strategies realignment that the new prime minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia “possesses the experience and skill to walk Georgia towards the EU and NATO without directly provoking Moscow.”

Russia is the most immediate but not the only security concern. Unless the situation in the region changes, it is only a matter of time until other U.S. adversaries in the region will turn their attention to Georgia,” the story reads.

The story reads that Russia invaded Georgia and seized Tskhinvali and Abkhazia regions in 2008, and 20 percent of Georgian territories remain under Russian occupation this day.

This is exactly what Gakharia was addressing when he was sworn in last month as Georgia’s new prime minister, ‘Today, twenty percent of Georgian economy is occupied; today twenty percent of the country's development potential is occupied; today twenty percent of our human capital is occupied — this is the biggest impediment for the development of our country.”

The Washington Times says that Gakharia also made clear that the United State is Georgia’s closest ally and that advancing the country’s European and NATO integration efforts are his top foreign policy priorities.

The story says that Gakharia comes to the job “with impressive credentials,” after years of working in international business, including with Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines.

His success in the economic sector greatly contributed to Georgia recently being ranked number six in the World Bank’s global Doing Business index. Georgia ranks higher than most EU nations when it comes to government effectiveness and corruption perceptions.”

Read the full story here.

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