Georgian PM hails "key role" of State Security Service on 7th anniversary

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibahsvili extended his congratulations at the anniversary event on Monday. Photo: Government of Georgia press office, 01 Aug 2022 - 15:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday commended the “crucial role” of the Georgian State Security Service agency in ensuring stability and security in the country and “strengthening Georgia”, in remarks for the seventh anniversary of the body.

Expressing gratitude to the employees of the GSSS, The PM said that the Government had proposed a number of reforms to create an “independent and strong” agency, which would be “accountable to the public” and would “ensure the highest level of security of Georgia and its citizens”. 

It is a great honour for me to be here today. On behalf of myself, the Georgian government and the public, I would like to thank you for your  work, for your loyalty, for your dedication and professionalism, for serving the country and its people. Of course, the challenges are many. It is no coincidence that the agency has been subject to targeted, orchestrated attacks by internal or external forces But I believe that this struggle will make you even stronger”, Garibashvili said. 

PM Garibashvili said that the State Security Service has been subjected to attacks by domestic and foreign forces for its activities. Photo: Governmnet of Georgia press office. 

Emphasising the agency’s anti-terrorist, anti-criminal, anti-corruption, crime prevention and other activities, Garibashvili stated that “the specificity of your work is such that your daily, sometimes high-risk work, often goes unnoticed by the general public. But I want you to know that we highly appreciate the great contribution you make to ensuring the security of our citizens and the country as a whole”. 

Speaking about the challenges Georgia had gone through over the past 30 years, since the gaining of its independence, which included the occupation of Georgian territories and other threats provoked by domestic and foreign forces, the PM thanked the GSSS staff for “detecting and preventing various threats”. 

The most important thing that makes us all happy is that the vast majority of your personnel are great patriots who serve and protect our country. I want to express my gratitude  once again, may God protect you”, the PM said.

Grigol Liluashvili, head of the State Security Service, also addressed the audience, briefing them about the agency and its deeds over years.