On March 28, in the company of students, I will travel to Athens, an ancient capital of European civilization, followed by Brussels, Europe's political capital, to celebrate visa waiver for Georgia, a crucially important event, and to thank our partners, the Prime Minister of Georgia stated today before the Government meeting. Giorgi Kvirikashvili once again commented on the importance of visa-free travel for Georgian citizens in the EU/Schengen Area. According to him, three-day celebrations are also planned throughout the country.
"Visa-free travel to EU member states will come into force in a few days. On March 28, visa waiver for Georgian citizens traveling to EU/Schengen Area countries will be introduced. As you know, the EU has finalized all relevant legal procedures. Importantly, we will hold special events on March 26, 27, and 28, to celebrate this achievement throughout the country," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, the main aspects of relations between Georgia and Armenia, trade and economic situation as well as the prospects of deepening cooperation across wide range of areas, including transportation and energy sectors, tourism, and culture were discussed during the meeting with his Armenian counterpart.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Karen Karapetyan made joint statements for the press and discussed the details of their meeting. The head of the Government of Georgia expressed hope that good-neighbourly relations between Georgia and Armenia will deepen ever more through the joint efforts of the prime ministers of both countries.
"We expressed readiness to continue high-level meetings and further support the close cooperation of sectoral agencies. In the eyes of Georgia, Armenia represents a country with which we share centuries of good-neighbourly traditions and solid people-to-people links. 2017 is a remarkable year in terms of the modern history of the relations between the countries. Namely, this year marks 25th anniversary of launching diplomatic relations between Georgia and Armenia. Throughout these years we managed to solidify the friendly relations between our nations and built the mutually beneficial cooperation. The Parliamentary elections in Armenia will take place on April 2 of this year. We are convinced that the elections will be conducted at a high level and the said event will be in full compliance with the international standards and the principles of democracy. We regard this election as an additional step towards development of the country. During the meeting we discussed the main areas of cooperation between our countries. We analyzed the trade and economic situation as well as perspectives of deepening our cooperation," - was stated by Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
According to the head of the Government, challenges facing the region as well as the perspectives of enhancing cooperation within the region were also discussed during the meeting.
"Mr. Prime Minister had quite interesting suggestions regarding cooperation and full utilization of the common market across the various industries of the both countries. We expressed readiness to work actively in this area and motivate the private sectors of both countries to fully employ the potential of the regional cooperation," - was noted by the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan thanked his Georgian counterpart for inviting him to Georgia and the warm welcome. According to him, all areas of cooperation were discussed during the meeting. The sides agreed to foster enhancement of the said relations.
"We discussed the issue of regional cooperation and I am convinced that we have an enormous potential in this area. We would like Georgians to view Armenia as a country that is worth investing in and visiting as a tourist. Our colleagues have an offer for the businessmen. Namely, they would like to organize a meeting where potential of Armenian and Georgian markets will be scrutinized," - was stated by the Prime Minister of Armenia.
Karen Karapetyan indicated that he invited Giorgi Kvirikashvili to undertake an official visit to Armenia. Pursuant to the Armenian Prime Minister, this will further strengthen the relations between the countries.
We are committed to intensifying our trade, economic, and investment relations and deepening regional integration, and we believe it will bring not only economic but also political stability to the region, the Prime Minister of Georgia stated during today's enhanced format meeting with the Prime Minister of Armenia.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili spoke of the centuries-old good neighborly relations and traditional friendship between the Georgian and Armenian nations.
"I am very happy that today we have an opportunity to make use of the untapped potential in the relations between our countries, and this potential does exist indeed, as we pointed out at our face-to-face meeting. We are committed to intensifying our trade, economic, and investment relations and deepening regional integration, and we believe it will bring not only economic but also political stability to the region," the Prime Minister of Georgia stated.
The Prime Minister of Armenia stressed the prospects of deepening the two countries' relations. Karen Karapetyan thanked Giorgi Kvirikashvili for his hospitality.
"The atmosphere here is terribly missed by us. I agree with the Georgian Prime Minister's assessment about the excellent state and potential of our relations. We have come here in the spirit of brotherhood and constructive business relations, and I am convinced that our negotiations will result in a new stimulus for utilizing the potential of our relations. We want to create an environment for businesspersons to engage in various projects," the Prime Minister of Armenia said.
During the enhanced format meeting, the parties paid attention to promoting closer cooperation between the sectoral instantons of the two countries, also discussing further developing trade and economic, transport, energy, and tourism cooperation.
The regional situation was also discussed at the meeting, and the importance of peace and stability for the development of the countries was emphasized. After the enhanced format meeting, an agreement on cooperation in the field of healthcare was signed between the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia.