|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
20 March 2004 – 19 October 2005
|Preceded by||Tedo Japaridze|
|Succeeded by||Gela Bezhuashvili|
|Iran Sanctions Committee|
11 November 2010 – 10 October 2013
|Secretary General||Ban Ki-moon (UN)|
18 March 1952 |
|Political party||The Way of Georgia|
|Spouse(s)||Janri Kashia (1993)|
|Alma mater||Sciences Po
|Religion||Georgian Orthodox Church|
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Salome Zurabishvili (Georgian: სალომე ზურაბიშვილი) (born 18 March 1952) is a French-born Georgian politician, from 2004 to 2005 Foreign Minister of Georgia and a former diplomat in the French service. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts assisting the UN Security Council’s Iran Sanctions Committee.
Zurabishvili was born in Paris on 18 March 1952, into a family of Georgian political emigrants. She attended some of the most prestigious French schools, such as the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and began a master's program at Columbia University in New York in the academic year of 1972-1973, taking courses with Zbigniew Brzezinski. She abandoned her studies and joined the French foreign service in 1974, becoming a career diplomat with jobs in Rome, the United Nations, Brussels, Washington, etc. The first time Zurabishvili visited Georgia was in 1986 during a break from her job at the French Embassy in Washington.
Salome Zurabishvili was Head of the Division of International and Strategic Issues of National Defence General Secretariat of France in 2001-2003. She was appointed the Ambassador of France to Georgia in 2003.
She was sacked by Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli late on 19 October 2005 after a series of disputes with members of Parliament. She had also been heavily criticized by a number of Georgian ambassadors. Shortly before her dismissal was announced, Zurabishvili resigned from the French foreign service, which had continued to pay her a salary while she was minister, and announced that she would remain in Georgia to go into politics.
In November 2005 she set up the organization Salome Zurabishvili’s Movement. In January 2006 she announced the establishment of a new political party Georgia's Way.
Although Zurabishvili enjoys some degree of reputation in Georgia she has not been able to establish herself in the political field. At the city council elections in Tbilisi on 5 October 2006 only 2.77% of the constituency voted for her party. Six months before an opinion poll conducted by the Georgian weekly Kviris Palitra suggested that she would garner 23.1% of the votes at presidential elections. Since October 2007, her party was part of the United Opposition alliance which nominated Zurabishvili as a Prospective Prime Minister in case of their candidate Levan Gachechiladze's victory in the January 2008 presidential election.
In course of the Georgian presidential election in 2008, Salome Zurabishvili and many other politicians in opposition agreed to the Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II's indicated support to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy under the Bagrationi dynasty.
Salome Zurabishvili was married to the Georgian journalist Janri Kashia (1940–2012), with two children.
- Salomé Zourabichvili (2006) Une femme pour deux pays. Grasset, ISBN 2-246-69561-9
- Salomé Zourabichvili (2007) " fermer Yalta", Cahiers de Chaillot, Institut de sécurité de l'Union européenne
- Salomé Zourabichvili(2008). Les cicatrices des Nations : L'Europe malade de ses frontières. Bourin, ISBN 978-2-84941-075-2
- Salomé Zourabichvili (2009) " la tragédie géorgienne" . Grasset
- Salomé Zourabichvili ( 2011) " l'exigence démocratique" Bourin éditeur
|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
18 March 2004 – 19 October 2005
- What promise is there for Zurabishvili election campaign of no promises? Paul Rimple, Eurasia Insight, 29 September 2006.Accessed: 29 January 2010.
- Alexander Mikaberidze (6 February 2015). Historical Dictionary of Georgia. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 695–. ISBN 978-1-4422-4146-6.
- Civil.Ge | Foreign Minister Zurabishvili Sacked
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