Georgia's Parliament will presumably approve ambassadorial nominees at the plenary sitting scheduled for February 20, reports Prime News.
Today, lawmakers heard the ambassadorial nominees, who introduced their future plans.
Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay, who has been named as ambassador to France, told reporters after the sitting that the closed meeting with lawmakers was held in a quiet, calm atmosphere.
"The lawmakers put me UNESCO-related questions. In particular, related to the recent situation around the Bagrati temple. As for my priorities, as you know, governments of Georgia and France have changed and it is clear that deepening of relations will be significant," - Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay said.
President Saakashvili has submitted nine ambassadorial nominations to Parliament for confirmation. Foreign policy analyst Archil Gegeshidze has been named as Georgia's ambassador to the US; Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay has been named as ambassador to France; Natalie Sabanadze has been named as Georgia ambassador to Belgium and the European Union.
Teimuraz Janjalia, who is head of the department for international economic, cultural and humanitarian relations at the Foreign Ministry, has been named as ambassador to Latvia; Konstantine Zaldastanishvili, who was Georgia's ambassador to Brussels in 2000-2005, has been named as ambassador to Austria and permanent representative to OSCE and other Vienna-based international organizations.
Zaza Kandelaki, who was Georgia's deputy foreign minister in 2003-2004, has been named as ambassador to Hungary; Zaal Gogsadze, who served as Georgia's ambassador to Italy in 2004-2008, has been nominated as ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Kakha Sikharulidze, who was Georgia's deputy foreign minister in 2002-2005 and ambassador to the Czech Republic in 2006-2007, has been named as ambassador to Italy.
Mikheil Ukleba, who was first deputy foreign minister in 1990s and minister for privatization in 1998-2001, has been named as ambassador to Ukraine.