President Armen Sarkissian with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze

President Sarkissian Attends Inauguration of Georgian President

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TEVALI, Georgia — On December 18, a delegation headed by the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian was present at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili, which took place at the palace of Irakli II in Telavi.

Before the ceremony, Sarkissian, responding to questions from journalists said, “Armenia and Georgia, as well as our two nations, have millennia-long friendly and brotherly relations. We are truly brotherly nations. It’s more than natural that the president of Armenia is present here today when Georgia elects a new president. I congratulate Georgia and the president of the country. I wish Georgia and the new President success for the coming years. I am looking forward to working with the President of Georgia.”

President Armen Sarkissian with former French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, at left, at the inauguration of President Salome Zurabishvili

Within the framework of the event, Sarkissian had brief conversations with the heads of the delegations present at the ceremony and a group of guests.

Sarkissian in Tbilisi had a private meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze.

Bakhtadze thanked him for participating in the inauguration and underscored that it was a pleasure to host the Armenian president in Georgia.

Sarkissian and Bakhtadze exchanged views on the current agenda of the Armenian-Georgian relations and stressed the importance of enhancing an efficient cooperation in a number of areas. They spoke in particular about the development of the trade and economic relations, cooperation in the areas of education and culture.

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