The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia published a statement regarding the Ambassadors’ Conference and addressed the issue of the absence of the President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili.
As noted in the statement, at the annual conference of ambassadors, the speeches of representatives of the highest branches of government are traditionally provided. Addresses of the President of Georgia, Prime Minister, and Speaker of the Parliament were scheduled at this year’s ambassadorial as well.
“There were 4 central seats designated for high-ranking guests at the event, at which time, the constitutional position of the President was taken into account and the President’s seat was allocated to the central chair, to the left of the President was the seat of the Prime Minister of Georgia, and to the right of the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia.
The rule mentioned above of protocol arrangement is recognized worldwide, and it is unfortunate that the arrangement given to the president’s administration was found unacceptable.
We hope that the technical circumstance will not be an obstacle for the President of Georgia to participate in high-level meetings with Georgian diplomats in the future,” reads the statement.