Government Struggles to Agree on who Will Attend UN Climate Summit
Author: By Nino Sharashidze
Two delegations from Georgia are getting ready to attend the UN summit on climate change in New York on September 23. Before then, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili will deliver a speech at 69th Session of the UN General Assembly that will convene at UN Headquarters on September 16.
According to the government if two delegations attend the Summit, this will harm the image of the state. Several ministers are calling on the President Giorgi Margvelashvili to act within the interests of the state and to cancel his trip to the UN.
The President’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Tengiz Pkhaladze told reporters that the president’s visit is a work in progress. “We will have very intense collaboration and communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparation for the visit,” he added.
“It is very important to remind everyone that according to the state constitution the President forms foreign policy. I, too, act according to the policy adopted by the Parliament,” said Margvelashvili in the Rustavi 2 program Archevani on September 9.
According to the President, there were some problems in communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “This is normal, as the constitution is newly amended and there are some misunderstandings about the role of the President,” Margvelashvili added.