Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held a meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio to Georgia Msgr. Jose Avelino Bettencourt, Ambassador of the European Union Carl Hartzell, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan, and Japanese Ambassador Imamura Akira.
The meeting attendees reviewed the files allegedly leaked from the State Security Service (SSG).
FM Zalkaliani reaffirmed the government’s interest and clear position to shed light on it. He stressed that the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office launched proceedings promptly.
“It was noted that the investigative body applied to the United States and other countries for legal assistance. Georgia is open to receiving additional legal assistance from other interested international partners,” the Ministry’s press service reported.
Letter from diplomatic corps concerning alleged wiretapping. pic.twitter.com/k9njwh5lo5
— U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (@usingeo) October 4, 2021
EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell said, “grave concerns were raised on behalf of the diplomatic corps, about the reported recent wiretapping by security authorities which constitutes a serious breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and compromises normal diplomatic work in Georgia.”
Statement of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Georgia regarding the reported recent wiretappings: pic.twitter.com/XZjccYuHhE
— Carl Hartzell (@CarlHartzellEU) October 4, 2021