Margvelashvili: My Visit to the U.S. has been Disrupted
Author: By Nino Sharashidze
When President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili claimed that he was going to New York to attend the UN Climate Change Summit on September 23, his statement received heavy criticism from the Executive team, because Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili was also due to travel to the U.S. to attend the UN Annual Assembly to deliver a speech.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze and the State Minister of Euro-Atlantic Integration Aleksi Petriashvili, it would damage the state image, if two delegations visited the Summit.
Panjikidze tried to negotiate with the President on September 10, but they failed to achieve a consensus. “I had a meeting with the Foreign Minister and I had the feeling that we are heading towards this sort of bad situation,” said Margvelashvili on September 11. The President believes that very serious, organized work was carried out against his visit. “As a result of this, unfortunately, I cannot travel to the U.S.”, he added.
President states that with this act the Executive made a serious mistake, which will hurt the statehood of Georgia. “This is not a step towards our national interests, but it was due to departmental disputes. If we go this way and try to monopolize any institution in the government, we will get what we did not like so much in previous regime,” said Margvelashvili.