Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Address: 0118 Georgia, Tbilisi, Sh. Sh. 4
Tel: (+995 32) 294 5000
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mikheil Janelidze was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on 30 December 2015. Before he served as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia from September 2015 until his appointment as Minister. In this capacity, he had a portfolio of Georgia’s relations with the United States and Canada as well as economic diplomacy. Prior to moving to the Georgian Foreign Service, Mr. Janelidze has enjoyed an extensive career at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. He has also served as Georgia’s Chief Trade Negotiator with the EU. Mikheil Janelidze earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations from Tbilisi State University in 2002. Later, in 2003-2006, he continued his postgraduate studies in International Law and European Law at the Diplomatic Academy in the Russian Federation. In 2011, Mr. Janelidze earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration with Distinction from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France and the International Executive MBA from CSB in Georiga. Besides his native Georgian, he speaks English, German and Russian.
Georgia’s Foreign Service Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic Missions and Consular Services-serve fundamental national interests and values anchored in the National Security Concept and expressed in the President’s vision that drive the overall goal of our foreign policy to enhance the security and international status of Georgia.
The large-scale military affression committed by the Russian Federation against Georgia in August 2008 made it clear that, for certain countries, open military affression is still a tool they are willing to employ in order to accomplish their political goals in today’s world. The 2008 war demonstrated that the Russian Federation does not accept the sovereignty of Georgia, including Georgia’s choice of democracy and its independent domestic and foreign policy. Moreover, the military aggression by the Russian Federation worsened the security environment in the Caucasus region as a whole. In addition, the instability in the North Caucasus and the unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh both negatively impact Georgia’s security environment. The creation of a peaceful and cooperative environment in the Caucasus region would pay positive dividends for the security of Georgia.
Boradening the integration processes in Europe is important for the security of Georgia. Georgia is part of the European and Euro-Atlantic space. Therefore, the expansion eastward of NATO and of the European Union is important for Georgia.
Foreign policy is the bridge between Georgia and the world. In pursuit of our mission, the Ministry will build and maintain a persistent foreign policy and conduct proactive diplomacy guided by three principles, which are predictability, sustainability, and continuity. These three principles will govern our diplomacy, and will enable us to be a reliable and trustworthy partner, which, while remaining devoted to its national interests, respects the interests of partners.