Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Georgian Premier Girogi Gakharia

Top Georgian Delegation Visits Armenia

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YEREVAN (Armenpress) — A delegation of Georgian leaders, including Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani visited Armenia on October 14 and 15. They met with President Armen Sarkissian, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

President Armen Sarkissian met with Gakharia. During a private meeting Sarkissian commended Gakharia’s official visit to Armenia and congratulated him on assuming office of prime minister, and wished good luck and realization of plans, the President’s Office said in a readout.

Speaking about the Armenian-Georgian relations, Sarkissian said that the two peoples have a millennia old history of friendship. “However now we are in the beginning of the 21st century. New century, new issues. But I believe that this is also a great opportunity for our two states and peoples,” the Armenian President said.

Gakharia thanked his hosts for the warm reception and conveyed Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili’s warm greetings to the Armenian President.

Gakharia said that it is a great honor for him to visit Armenia as prime minister for the first time and to have the chance to bring his contribution to the further deepening of the centuries old ties of the two peoples. “Our ancestors strengthened our friendship, and now we must think more about business. We are here with the thinking for our economic cooperation to have impact on our peoples’ welfare,” he said.

The private meeting was followed by an expanded format one with participation of the delegations of the two countries.

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“We discussed with Mr. Prime Minister several very important issues. And my conclusion is the same: the opportunities of our joint activities are a lot bigger,” Sarkissian said. “We can do many things together. I want Mr. Prime Minister to be certain – both the people of Armenia, the Government of Armenia, and the Presidential administration will do everything for these opportunities to become reality”.

In turn the Georgian premier said: “We discussed issues, as to what should our young people, citizens do to be bold in the global, competitive world, to utilize all opportunities of the day and become more competitive and proactive. I am convinced that through our joint efforts we will achieve our citizens being able to overcome this competition.

The friendly relations of Armenia and Georgia have started to develop with a special warmth, these relations are very important for Armenia, Pashinyan said during a joint press conference with Gakharia in Yerevan.

“I am sure that Georgia has noticed that starting from the first day of my tenure in office the Armenian-Georgian relations have started developing with special warmth. This reflects my belief that the relations with Georgia are of special importance for Armenia”, Pashinyan said.

He also highlighted that the dynamics of contacts, the level of mutual trust, as well as the current visit of the Georgian premier prove that Georgia also pays a special importance to the relations with Armenia.

Pashinyan assessed his talks with the Georgian counterpart as important and productive. “We have such a broad bilateral agenda that it’s difficult to discuss all issues during one meeting. We both highly appreciated the re-launch of the operation of the Armenian-Georgian inter-governmental commission after a long pause. We expressed confidence that it will be possible to implement the agreements reflected in the protocol of the commission’s 10th session through joint efforts”, Nikol Pashinyan said, adding that they also highlighted holding an Armenian-Georgian business forum in Yerevan.

The Armenian and Georgian premiers also emphasized the importance of implementing transportation and energy projects in terms of developing both the bilateral economic relations and ensuring regional stability.

Pashinyan said the formation of regional peace and security environment is one of the key foreign policy tasks of Armenia. “In this regard we are confident that the continuous development of the Armenian-Georgian relations should be free of the impact of any external factors. In this regard we touched upon the regional conflicts. We agreed that the comprehensive and lasting settlement of conflicts is possible exclusively through peaceful means in accordance with the principles of international law. I once again presented our position that each conflict is unique, therefore, their solutions must derive from their essence,” Pashinyan said.

Gakharia visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial. Accompanied by Foreign Minister Mnatsakanyan, Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan, Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute foundation Harutyun Marutyan and other officials, the Georgian premier laid flowers at the Eternal Flame.

Gakharia watered the fir tree planted by him while serving as Georgia’s deputy prime minister and minister of interior.

Mnatsakanyan on October 15 met with his Georgian counterpart, Zalkaliani.

“The sides addressed a number of issues of bilateral interest. The foreign ministers reiterated mutual readiness to deepen in all possible directions the cooperation based on many centuries of friendship between the two countries, outlining the circle of upcoming steps in this direction. The FMs of Armenia and Georgia exchanged ideas around cooperation and dialogue with the EU within the framework of Eastern Partnership. The regional situation and issues were comprehensively discussed. Both sides attached importance to maintaining regional peace, security and stability,” the Armenian foreign ministry said in a readout.

 

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