The first day of the Greek Foreign Minister’s official two day visit to Georgia ended with an official dinner hosted by the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Viktor Dolidze.
The head of the Greek diplomacy, had separate meetings with Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze, the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President of the Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze and finally he was received by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili.
After talks with his counterpart, Kotzias gave a joint press conference to local media and Greek journalists. The Greek Foreign Minister described the meeting of the two delegations as positive and productive, while an agreement was reached between the two sides that their relations are strategic.
He explained that a strategic relationship means a concerted effort in developing relations between the two countries in all fields, economic, educational, energy, research, etc., but mainly it means that Greece will do whatever it takes for Georgia to come closer to the EU by sharing its experience and knowledge as an old EU member.
The Greek Foreign Minister referred to the deep historical roots between Greece – Georgia relations and that Greece supports and is supported by international law, which consequently supports the sovereignty and independence of each country.
Nikos Kotzias invited the Georgian Foreign Minister to visit Greece and congratulated him for the for the EU approval of visa liberalisation for Georgian citizens, noting that it is a small step but it is a good start.
On his side Mikheil Janelidze, welcomed his great friend, supporter and partner Greece in the face of Nikos Kotzias, noting that it is the first visit of a Greek Foreign Minister to Georgia, something which, he said, means that the current relations between the two countries can deepen through the foundations of centuries of historical relations as well as through 25 years of diplomatic relations.
Janelidze expressed his gratitude for Greece’s assistance in Georgia’s European course and Kotzias personally for his contribution to the issue of the abolition of short-stay visas for Georgian citizens in the Schengen zone. He said he agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in all fields and upcoming trilateral cooperation.
As he stated a topic of discussion with Kotzias was the sovereignty and territorial integrity issues in Georgia stressing that these must be solved peacefully and within the framework of international law. “Greece and Georgia” he concluded “will do everything they can for peace and stability in the region.”
Kotzias, in addition to meetings with the political leadership, attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Monument of Heroes, and then a lecture on “Greece and promotion of a positive agenda for regional cooperation ” at Tbilisi State University, the largest university in Georgia./ΙΒΝΑ
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