Deputy Foreign Minister held online meeting with representatives of international organisations

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Monday, 13 April 2020 11:58

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia held online meeting with the representatives of international organisations accredited to Georgia, and international non-governmental organisations operating throughout the country. The representatives of various state agencies of Georgia were also engaged in the meeting.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to consolidate the efforts in addressing the challenges stemming from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The sides reviewed the situation in entire Georgia, and exchanged the views on how to address the needs of vulnerable parts of the population, particularly the conflict-affected people.
 
Lasha Darsalia thanked the international partners for their valuable support in the time of global pandemic, and expressed readiness for further strengthening the cooperation.

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