Georgia's foreign policy is aimed at building strong, mutually beneficial partnerships- Prime Minister

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Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:53

Georgia's foreign policy is aimed at building strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with the countries of our region and beyond –this statement made the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili at UN General Assembly today during delivering a speech.
As he said, this path, chosen by our people, leads to more stability, security, peace and prosperity in our country and the region. He highlighted that the work never ends and talked about the new millennium thriving project which includes building an innovation-driven community with all generations looking over the horizon at an ever-brighter future.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili said that the Government of Georgia is building a country that will ensure the unification of war-torn communities and abolish the newest versions of the "Glienicke Bridge," which exist in the 21st century due to the continuous occupation of two of our regions, dividing peaceful societies on both sides.

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