SILK ROAD FORUM with Mr. Alex Petriashvili
State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 10:00-11:15
After the 2012 October Parliamentary elections in Georgia there has been a renewed interest towards the developments in the country, priorities and goals of the new Government. In 2012 Georgia passed a litmus test by holding successful parliamentary elections that marked the first peaceful transition of power in the history of the country - another significant step towards achieving the fundamental goal of joining the European family of shared values and principles. From the very first day, the new Georgian government made it clear that Georgia’s western path was irreversible and foreign policy priorities would remain unchanged. Hereby, Georgia’s interest to normalize relations with Russia and its firm quest for European integration and Euro-Atlantic membership is not a choice of “either-or”.
Alex Petriashvili was appointed as the State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration following the 2012 October Parliamentary elections. He has previously served as the Georgian Ambassador to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, as the Senior Counselor at the Embassy of Georgia to the United States of America and Georgian Mission to the OSCE. He is in public service since 1994. Alex Petriashvili is a member of the political board of the coalition “Georgian Dream” from the political party “Free Democrats“.