The President of Georgia: It Is Symbolic that the Visit of the President of Latvia Coincides with the Commencement Day of the Visa-Free Travel
As a part of the state visit of the President of the Republic of Latvia H.E. Raimonds Vējonis to Georgia, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held tete-a-tete and extended meetings with President Vējonis at the Presidential Palace.
The parties have discussed the prospects of further strengthening relations between Georgia and Latvia and highlighted the special importance of this visit, as it has coincided with the commencement day of the visa-free travel for Georgian citizens.
"It is symbolic that the visit of President Vējonis coincides with this occasion. Latvia has greatly contributed to this process. Our countries are strategic partners and at every step we feel your firm support of our sovereignty and territorial integrity, European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Georgian state, and its further reinforcement", - stated President Margvelashvili.
President Margvelashvili has once again underscored the importance of international partners’ firm support of Georgia in European and Euro-Atlantic integration process. He has fully informed President Vējonis on the current situation and the increasing number of human rights violation cases in the occupied territories of Georgia.
The parties have also discussed the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels and promotion of Georgia’s interests at the Summit. They have highlighted the necessity of strengthening business relations and the volume of bilateral trade, in order to fully use the economic potential of Georgia and Latvia.
As President Margvelashvili pointed out at the meeting, Georgia is becoming increasingly attractive for Latvian business investments.
At the meeting the Georgian delegation has emphasized on the importance of the Europe-Asia transport corridor, the Silk Road, and the prospects of strengthening trans-regional cooperation. The conversation has also touched upon the issue of strengthening economic ties between the regions of the Black and Baltic Seas. The annually increasing tourism rate was also underlined.
The Georgian party has expressed interest in attracting Latvian entrepreneurs and investors to Georgia.
The parties have also discussed the issues of cooperation in the area of education.
"It is important that the President of Latvia has visited Georgia when the visa-free travel for Georgian citizens has entered into force, as Latvia has always been a firm supporter of Georgia on the path of visa liberalization. At the same time, Latvia has always supported Georgia at all international fora. At the meeting the presidents have discussed all important issues raised on the agenda of Georgia and Latvia.
The conversation has also touched upon our cooperation in the areas of security, economics, and culture and we believe that this visit will be another step taken toward strengthening relations between Georgia and Latvia”, - stated the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili.
The extended meeting was also attended by the members of the Georgian and Latvian delegations - Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Davit Zalkaliani, the Advisor to the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Political Secretary of the President of Georgia Mrs. Pikria Chikhradze, and the Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Latvia Mr. Teimuraz Janjalia.