During his visit to Ukraine, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia met with the Secretary General of GUAM, Altai Efendiev.
The sides discussed the activities planned or implemented during the Georgian chairmanship of the organization. They stressed the need for further deepening of cooperation by the member states of the organization in various strategic directions, including the development of transport-transit corridors, and the importance of making full use of the existing potential in this direction.
During the conversation, the sides also touched upon the topic of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the GUAM member states scheduled for this year.
At the end of the meeting, the parties once again expressed their readiness for active cooperation within the organization.
Discussions focused on the main issues relating to the co-operation in the frames of the organisation, including, political, sectoral and inter-parliamentary relations. Talking points also included co-operation with the organisation’s main partner states (the U.S., Japan) and other international and regional organisations in the GUAM+ format.
At the meeting, Georgia assumed the chairmanship in GUAM for 2017. Mikheil Janelidze presented Georgia’s GUAM chairmanship programme “Together for stronger GUAM” to the Council and focused on the priorities of the chairmanship. In conclusion, the decisions relating to the organisational issues were signed and the protocol of the meeting was prepared.
On 8 December, Hamburg also hosted a meeting in the GUAM-Japan format, which was attended by the GUAM Foreign Ministers and Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi. Particular emphasis was put on the importance of elaboration and implementation of new initiatives and projects in the frames of the “GUAM-Japan Cooperation Programme” signed last year. The GUAM Foreign Ministers thanked the Japanese side for active support and partnership, for organisation of the annual seminars for the GUAM experts with a view of sharing experience in different spheres. In conclusion, the GUAM and Japan made a joint statement for press.