The meeting of the Chairman with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary

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Friday, 17 March 2017 16:24
The Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Mr. Péter Szijjártó. The parties discussed bilateral relations and inter-Parliamentary cooperation. Mr. Szijjártó hailed the stable Parliament in Georgia, which allows Georgia effectively implementing its activity. The Hungarian Minister congratulated the Chairman with successful visa liberalization decision by EP and stated that Georgia deserved visa free travel much earlier. As he noted, he supports EU enlargement. He thanked the Chairman for contribution of Georgia in NATO International operations and stated that Hungary supports granting MAP to Georgia. According to the Chairman, the pro-Western attitude is quite strong in the country, evidenced with the 2016 Parliamentary Elections. He spoke about the situation in the region and noted that due to actions by Russia, we can achieve no progress in the dialogue. Georgia conducts pragmatic policy towards Russia aiming at reduction of tension without crossing the red lines. He spoke about EU integration and noted that Georgia actively implements economic reforms. One of the important tasks is political system consolidation regardless of different political views. According to the Minister, this task evidences that Georgia is the member of European family. Another priority stated by the Chairman is de-occupation and territorial integrity. The Chairman introduced the Parliamentary and State Constitutional Commission activities. The Minister spoke about Hungarian experience of Constitutional reform and noted that Hungary hails improvement of the Constitution by the Commission. The parties underlined importance of cooperation of Hungary and Georgia in UN Human Rights Council and spoke about tourism and economic directions. The parties touched upon cooperation in education sphere. The Minister confirmed intact support of Hungary to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as well as foreign political tasks. As noted, this year Georgia and Hungary celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. It would be preferable to celebrate this date in Tbilisi and Budapest with cultural events.
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