The President of Georgia and the President of the Republic of Belarus Make Joint Press Statements

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:15
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko have made joint press statements. The presidents have conversed about the issues discussed at tete-a-tete and extended meetings. President Margvelashvili has expressed his gratitude toward President Lukashenko and the Belarusian people for their warm reception. “We have discussed the important potential that your visit to Georgia has created for the Georgian-Belarusian relations. Following your visit, we opened the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia. Your visit has also triggered development of trade relations and increase of touristic potential. I am glad to hear that the Republic of Belarus is ready to strengthen relations with Georgia and to use all potential of our nations, in order to ensure the increase of well-being of our populations. We have discussed the issues of cooperation in various production areas, trade growth, promotion of touristic potential, and the prospects of strengthening cooperation in the areas of culture and education. Today we have signed new bilateral documents, which will create more opportunities to further strengthen our relations. Let me thank you for your unwavering support of Georgian state and let me assure you that the Georgian-Belarusian relations will further be enhanced. Thank you for this very interesting and all-encompassing dialogue and I believe that this dialogue holds a serious potential", - stated the President at a joint press conference. As President Lukashenko pointed out, Georgia represents a prospective and an important partner for the Republic of Belarus in the Caucasus region, with which the Republic has diplomatic relations for more than 20 years. “We trust each another and I am sure that by opening the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia we will further contribute to our cooperation. In the last period the governmental contacts have become more dynamic. The intergovernmental commissions play an important role in this process. Such close relations result in positive outcomes in the areas of trade and economics. Despite the difficult situation, the volume of trade turnover between our countries is increased by 63%, as compared to 2016 and reached the highest level in 5 years, close to 110 million. Our production is well-known in this sunny, mountainous region and grocery and furniture shops also work very well. At the meeting, President Margvelashvili and I have discussed a new phase of cooperation, which includes agricultural production, construction of sports facilities, and manufacture of utility equipment. Our country is also interested in the wine and fruit import. We have also conversed about the creation of joint ventures on the territory of Belarus […]. Very often our citizens choose Georgian resorts and the number of tourists has increased by almost 30%. By number of visitors to Georgia, the Republic of Belarus holds the 11th place and we envision beneficial prospects for the future as well. I would like to tell our Georgian friends, who will listen to my speech today or tomorrow that you have always been close to us. 15 thousand Georgian citizens were killed in Belarus in fight against Fascism and we will always have a great respect toward the Georgian people and culture. We will do our best for our brotherly nation, for the Georgian people”, - stated President Lukashenko. Following the joint press conference, President Margvelashvili and President Lukashenko signed a joint statement.
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