Saakashvili recommends new government does not replace Georgian ambassadors
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 14 /Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili recommended that the new government does not replace Georgia's ambassadors to foreign countries under the pretext that they are appointed by the former government.
"Our ambassadors are ambassadors of the country, not of Saakashvili, and work for the country and not the party. They represent the interests of Georgia not anyone else" Saakashvili said on Wednesday in Brussels, commenting on the possible replacement of the ambassadors.
According to him, many ambassadors appointed by his predecessor served for many years and some are still working.
"States require hundreds of years for educating diplomats and the creation of a diplomatic school. We were able to do it very quickly and now have very good staff," the president said.
Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze stated that the ambassadors to the U.S. and the UN have been recalled.
"Consultations were held on the dismissal of several ambassadors with the president of Georgia, as the prerogative of the appointment of ambassadors is run by the head of state, "she said, without specifying which ambassadors will be dismissed.
The fact that the Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili was not met by the ambassadors of Georgia to the EU and NATO during his visit to Brussels caused a scandal in Georgia. As the Ambassador of Georgia to the EU Salome Samadashvili stated, the Prime Minister came to Brussels on a non-work day and they had the right not to meet him. In addition, her name was not included in the protocol of meetings with top EU officials.
On November 12-14, Samadashvili and Georgian Ambassador to NATO Grigol Mgaloblishvili, accompanied Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on a business trip to Prague and Brussels. Bidzina Ivanishvili arrived in Brussels for a visit in the same period.