Statement by Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili on Turkey

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Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili participated in the promotional program on “Foreign Policy Focused on Western Values ​​and Country Interests: 10 Year Vision, 10 Goals” organized by the Georgian Foreign Ministry in the capital Tbilisi .

Speaking at the opening at the Expo Georgia Fair Center, Garibashvili assessed the bilateral cooperation and the strategic partnership between Turkey and Georgia and said: “We have a strategic partnership with Turkey and naturally we attach a great importance to friendship and cooperation with Turkey “. noted.

Recalling having had official contacts in Turkey at the beginning of June, Garibashvili said that during his meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the two countries decided that the meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (YDKS) would be held at the end of 2021, “I had a fruitful meeting with President Erdoğan and thanks to his initiative, the Leveled Strategic Cooperation Council will be held at the end of the year. noted.

Noting that Russia occupies 20 percent of Georgian territory, Garibashvili said that the main goal of his country’s foreign policy over the next 10 years is to end the occupation.

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Noting that Russia’s policy of occupation towards the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has continued to this day, Garibashvili said: “Of course, our main task during these 10 years must be to rid our country of occupation and to lay the foundations for dialogue with Russia. in this direction. This conflict and this occupation must end. used his statements.

Noting that as Georgia they continue to carry out important activities for the maintenance of peace and stability in the Caucasus, Garibashvili noted that in June Azerbaijan also contributed significantly to the return process. of 15 Armenian citizens detained in exchange for 97 thousand mine cards, and said: “This is an example of the success of all of us, our three neighboring countries. ” noted.

In his speech, Garibashvili also said that it is extremely important for the successful continuation of the ongoing integration process with NATO and the European Union (EU) in his country’s foreign policy.

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