The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Mr. Stepan Poltorak, as a part of his two-day official visit to Georgia.
The parties have discussed Georgia-Ukraine bilateral cooperation in the area of defense and the prospects of further strengthening these relations.
President Margvelashvili has reaffirmed his strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and pointed out that Georgia and Ukraine face similar threats and aggression from Russia and share common goals in the foreign policy.
According to the President, Georgia condemns aggressive and illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine in all formats.
On behalf of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Poltorak has thanked President Margvelashvili for his personal contribution in supporting Ukraine at the international arena.
The conversation has also touched upon the preparation for the prospective visit of the President of Ukraine to Georgia, which will be held in the nearest future.
The meeting has also been attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Defence of Georgia Mr. Levan Izoria, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Mr. Vladimer Chachibaia and the Secretary of the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze.
Georgian Defence Minister has gone from Paris to Brussels, where the NATO HQ hosts Defence Ministers meeting. In the framework of Defence Ministerial, Tinatin Khidasheli holds meetings with her foreign counterparts. On the first day the Defence Minister met with the Defence Ministers of Turkey and Ukraine. Tinatin Khidasheli congratulated Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Işık with the appointment and wished him success. Fikri Işık once again reaffirmed Turkey’s support towards Georgia. The main topics of the meeting were bilateral cooperation in defence sector and future plans.
“Turkey has new Defence Minister and it’s very important for us to have communication with our strategic partner. This ministerial is a great opportunity for introductory meetings. I am very pleased when a new minister fully testifies the policy and approach of what we’ve heard over the years from Turkeys Foreign and Defence Ministries. He is Georgia’s supporter, friend and partner and is ready to continue all the projects on which we have been working during last year,” – declared Tinatin Khidasheli.
Tinatin Khidasheli has invited Turkish colleague in Georgia, where next tripartite ministerial is planned to held. “Most likely, tripartite meeting will be held in Tbilisi or Batumi, where we will sign memorandum of understanding, which will allow Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan to move relationship to a higher level,” – Georgian Defence Minister said.
Tinatin Khidasheli and Defence Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak exchanged information on the situation in Ukraine and Georgia. “We talked about the current situation in our countries and joint activities, opportunities and awareness of the international community about all the challenges we are facing in the field of defence and security,” – Defence Minister said after the meeting.
In the frame of Defence Ministerial, Tinatin Khidasheli will meet with her Polish and Croatian counterparts. She will also held meeting with the NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow.