Georgia's ambassador to the United States has decided to resign Featured

Temur Iakobashvili, who for the past two years was ambassador to the U.S., said that he intended to resign.


"I am confident that the new Georgian government in Washington should represent a new ambassador", - wrote Iakobashvili on his Facebook page on November, 8.

"I feel exhausted my mission and activities in this position and I am confident that the new Government of Georgia should submit a new ambassador to the United States, - says Iakobashvili.

He thanks everyone for their support. "Everybody knows about Georgia's achievements in American direction and I will not bore you with repetition. Special thanks - to the president of Georgia for the opportunity that was given to me as the ministry for the good of my country," - says the ambassador.

Iakobashvili, who since January, 2008 to November, 2010 was Minister of State for reintegration, said that already announced its decision to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze also confirmed that the ambassador left the office not hastily, and in accordance with appropriate procedures.

From 1990 to 2001, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia where he last served as the Director of the U.S., Canada and Latin America Department. He is a co-founder of, and from 2001 to 2008 was Executive Vice-President of, the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, the largest think tank in the South Caucasus. He is also a co-founder and member of the boards of the Georgian Council on Foreign Relations and Atlantic Council, and a member of the board of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. He has authored several publications on national security, conflict management, and foreign relations.

On January 31, 2008, he was appointed by the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili as State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration. He is the architect of Georgia's strategy of engagement with the Russian-occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which aims to "promote interaction among the divided populations of Georgia, currently separated by occupation lines".

Under the Constitution, the president appoints ambassadors, with the consent of Parliament.

Oli Pipia

Graduated from the Kazan State Pedagogical Univeristy- Faculty of foreign languages. Worked at Kanal PIK (K1), is the Editor in Chief at


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