Within the framework of his visit to the Kingdom of Sweden, the Georgian Foreign Minister met with the State Secretary to Minister for EU Affairs Paula Carvalho Olovsson.
Discussing the issues of Georgia-EU cooperation, the parties highlighted Sweden’s particular role in fulfilling Georgia’s European integration goals. The Minister thanked Sweden as the initiator of Eastern Partnership accentuating the importance of Sweden’s involvement in formulating EaP’s new policy and strategic vision.
The parties reaffirmed that Sweden makes significant efforts to bring Georgia closer to various EU institutions and standards that is reflected in Sweden’s practical assistance in many fields.
The Georgian Foreign Minister briefed the Swedish party on Georgia’s progress both within the EaP framework and on the European integration path, in general. Zalkaliani also spoke about Georgia’s priorities regarding the EaP. He said that Georgia is interested in greater functional integration with the EU. Conversations also included the successful implementation process of the Association Agreement and the Georgian Government-initiated Roadmap aimed at ensuring more functional and institutional rapprochement with the EU.
Paula Carvalho Olovsson reaffirmed the Swedish Government’s commitment to further support and assist Georgia in carrying out reforms on its European integration path. The Parties also discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied regions and the role of the EU in peaceful resolution of the conflict. The importance of prioritizing Georgia on the international agenda, as well as in the bilateral format of relations with Russia and the need to duly react to the humanitarian crisis on the ground was also highlighted at the meeting. The Minister expressed his gratitude for Sweden’s active involvement in the EUMM to ensure stability and security in the occupied territories.
Ministry of Defence of Georgia will host the 13th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference (GDSC) on November 6-7 in Batumi, Hotel Hilton.
Over the past thirteen years, Georgia Defence and Security Conference has developed into a unique forum in the region, where key topics related to Euro-Atlantic security and regional stability are addressed by senior Georgian and foreign policy-makers, experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations, media and academic circles.
This year the GDSC will spotlight four interactive themes. The first panel will focus on discussions of the security environment in the Black Sea Region. During the second panel - Georgia on the Right Track- for the NATO and EU Membership – the panelists will share their views about Georgia’s path towards NATO membership. The third panel will be dedicated to discussions of hybrid tactics and hybrid threats and the last one – “Georgia’s Strategic Readiness: From Words to Action”.
For additional information, please, visit the official web-site of the Georgia Defence and Security Conference: http://gdsc.mod.gov.ge/