The President of Georgia: “Aspirations of Our States toward Different Alliances Is Not a Dividing Line, But Rather an Advantage Which Should Further Strengthen Relations between Our Countries”

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:55
The official visit of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili to the Republic of Belarus continues. Following the tete-a-tete meeting of the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko and President Margvelashvili, the parties held an extended meeting, also attended by the members of the Georgian delegation and the Government officials of the Republic of Belarus. According to President Margvelashvili, cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus is a prominent example of partnership between the countries with diverse political and economic orientations. “Georgia determinedly moves forward towards the EU and NATO integration, while the Republic of Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Union. We respect each other's freedom of choice and therefore aspirations of our states toward different alliances is not a dividing line, but rather an advantage which should further strengthen relations between our countries. I think such partnership should be exemplary for other countries as well ", - stated President Margvelashvili. The parties have underscored the importance of further strengthening cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus. One of the central priorities for further strengthening transportation, energy, and trade relations between Europe and Asia is creating a regional center. The conversation has also touched upon the importance of the Eastern Partnership Summit, scheduled to be held in Brussels, in November 2017. It was noted that Georgia supports the flexibility of the Eastern Partnership format, which will meet the requirements, expectations, and interests of all participating countries. The parties have expressed interest in strengthening cooperation within the Eastern Partnership program, in regard to opportunities and resources from the set of common interests. According to President Margvelashvili, Georgia is ready to share its experience in regard to economic reforms with Belarusian colleagues. The conversation has also touched upon the improved tourism indicators. Following the meeting, President Margvelashvili and President Lukashenko signed a joint statement. The agreements were signed between the governments of Georgia and the Republic of Belarus on “the investment promotion and reciprocal protection” and “the air traffic". These agreements were signed by the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Gakharia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Makei, and the Minister of Transport and Communications Mr. Anatoly Sivak. As noted, signing these bilateral agreements will further promote cooperation, investment growth, and development of trade and economic relations. Among the members of the Georgian delegation are the Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Mr. Giorgi Gakharia, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, the Secretary of the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Parliamentary Secretary of the President Mrs. Ana Dolidze, and the Advisor to the President in Economic Issues Mrs. Maia Melikidze.
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