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Georgia’s ex-president appointed head of Ukraine's consultative reform council

February 13, 2015, 21:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Petro Poroshenko also appointed Saakashvili his free-lance adviser

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Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has appointed former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili chairman of the international consultative reform council, according to a decree posted on the presidential website on Friday.

"With an eye of attracting foreign politicians and experts having internationally recognized best practical experience in reforms, I decree to form an international consultative reform council," the decree says. The council will be a consultative agency under the Ukrainian president tasked to provide proposals and recommendations on reforms in Ukraine on the basis of the best international experience.

Also, Poroshenko appointed Saakashvili his free-lance adviser.

Gerorgian officials earlier criticized the intention of Kiev authorities to appoint Saakashvili Ukrainian presidential advisor.

Eka Beselia, a leader of the Georgian Dream coalition, head of the Human Rights Committee of the Georgian parliament, said that the Ukrainian authorities’ decision to appoint [Georgia’s former President] Mikheil Saakashvili as chairman of the Board of Advisors for International Affairs under the President of Ukraine was a mistake.

"Georgia has an especially warm and friendly attitude to the Ukrainian people and Ukraine. I don’t know what reasonable advice Mikhail Saakashvili can give to this country’s president," she said, commenting on the Ukrainian media reports about Saakashvili’s appointment.

"Political tastes differ," Georgian parliament’s vice speaker Zurab Abashidze said for his part. "If I were the Ukrainian president, I would not want to have Mikheil Saakashvili as an advisor."

In December 2014, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili said that in 2015 he would pay a visit to Kiev to discuss bilateral cooperation issues with Ukraine’s leadership. He also said then that in Kiev he wasn't going to meet with the former Georgian officials - members of the current government of Ukraine. And in March last year, the Georgian prime minister advised "the current government of Ukraine not to listen to Saakashvili’s advice." "Having in this crisis situation such an adventurer for an advisor is fraught with disastrous consequences for Ukraine," he said.

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