Georgian PM will join Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris

  • Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili; Photo by PM's press office., 10 Jan 2015 - 18:19, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili is set to travel to Paris tomorrow to take part in a rally in support of France following the massacre at satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.

European leaders decided to make an extraordinary show of support for France by joining a mass rally in Paris this weekend as a wave of global support continued following the bloody end to the Charlie Hebdo attacks' sieges.

Today Garibashvili again highlighted his sadness over the deadly terrorism attack and expressed his country’s solidarity with France and the French people.

The PM’s press office said Garibahsvili believed "this huge tragedy” was not only France's problem but a problem facing the whole modern civilized world, and tackling this problem required joint efforts.

"Terrorism cannot be justified,” Garibashvili said.

"Freedom of speech and the press are the supreme values that must be duly protected everywhere and at all times.”

Meanwhile, Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II sent a letter of condolences to French president Francois Hollande earlier today.

"On behalf of the Orthodox Church of Georgia we would like to express our concern about the Paris terrorist acts, condemn the developments and offer our condolences to the families of those killed as well as the French nation,” the head of the Georgian Church wrote.

He added: "This is not a tragedy of only one country, as terrorist acts happen more and more often as of late.”

"From our point of view, leading democratic countries and international organisations need to do their best to implement preventive measures in order to protect the public."

"We ask God for peace and kindness among the people.”