The meeting of Sofio Katsarava with the Ambassador of Turkmenistan

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:15

The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava hosted the Ambassador of Turkmenistan, H.E. Dovletmurat Muratov. The parties discussed bilateral visits, inter-Parliamentary relations and Friendship Group action plans, as well as political, economic and cultural cooperation. The parties discussed the details of the events scheduled in the Parliament on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations to be held on June 20.
The meeting was attended by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Head of Georgia-Turkmenistan Friendship Group. 

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