Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at a joint press conference in Yerevan, September 10

Georgian Prime Minister Visits Armenia


YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan praised the current level of relations between Armenia and Georgia as he hosted his Georgian counterpart Mamuka Bakhtadze in Yerevan on Monday, September 10.

Bakhtadze, who was elected head of the Georgian government in June, arrived in the Armenian capital for his first official visit.

After longer-than-planned talks with Bakhtadze Pashinyan spoke about “ambitious tasks” in the relations between the two countries.

“Today we had a very important conversation. During the negotiations we formulated quite ambitious tasks for the development of our further relations. Of course, the relations between Armenia and Georgia are brilliant, they are very good, and we face the task of bringing the economic component of our relations in conformity to the substantial, emotional level of relations that exists between our two peoples,” Pashinyan said at a joint press conference with his Georgian counterpart.

He added that the Georgian prime minister presented “a very ambitious program.”

“And we fully support it,” Pashinyan continued. “A concrete objective was formulated: to take our trade turnover to the level of $1 billion in the next few years. This is a concrete subject, for which we can have a clear roadmap and take concerted steps towards the implementation of this task.”

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For his part, Bakhtadze expressed hope that relations between Yerevan and Tbilisi will deepen in different directions.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan tour the Yerevan Brandy Company’s Ararat Museum.

“During today’s meeting my counterpart and I discussed the main directions of cooperation and emphasized our aspiration to intensify political relations. We discussed issues related to the spheres of transportation, energy, tourism, culture, education and innovations, and we made sure that we still have some untapped potential in many areas,” Bakhtadze said, as quoted by the Armenian prime minister’s official website.

Bakhtadze said that he also spoke with Pashinyan about Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration process and “the significant progress that Georgia has made in this direction.”

“At the same time we welcome the activation of relations between Armenia and the European Union,” Bakhtadze said. “We agreed to maintain the dynamics of high-level meetings and at the same time to support the holding of narrow-sector meetings.”

After an official dinner Pashinyan and Bakhtadze toured the Yerevan Brandy Company’s Ararat Museum, where they got acquainted with the history and production of Armenian brandy. The prime ministers were also presented in the Peace Barrel, which is dated to the 1994 ceasefire. brandy alcohol it is called “peace” because it will open when the Karabakh conflict is settled.

The two left their signatures in the factory memorandum and took part in the ceremony of nomination boards that were ousted in honor of the visit of the Armenian and Georgian Prime Ministers.

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