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President Margvelashvili and President Mattarella Discuss Prospects for Strengthening Sectoral Cooperation

Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia has held a meeting with Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, along with Georgian and Italian state delegations to discuss prospects for strengthening cooperation in trade, economics, energy, and tourism.
President Mattarella said he is proud to be the first Italian President to visit independent Georgia.
The meeting also touched upon NATO Declaration on Georgia and outcomes of the NATO Brussels Summit. President Margvelashvili has thanked Italy for supporting Georgia at the Summit.
As noted, Memorandums of cooperation in defense, law and safety, education, science, innovations and technologies, culture and sports to be signed today are of utmost importance for Georgia-Italy future partnership.
The two presidents have also discussed Georgia's geopolitical role and key regional projects, including the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline and Silk Road that facilitate strengthening transcontinental cooperation and bring greater benefits to the EU and its member states.
President Margvelashvili has underscored the positive increase in Georgia-Italy trade turnover and the tourism index that increases year by year. As noted, Georgia becomes increasingly attractive destination for Italian business.
The meeting has been attended by Davit Zalkaliani – Defense Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Abashishvili – Head of President Margvelashvili’s Administration, Davit Rakviashvili – Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia, Mikheil Batiashvili – Minister of Education, Ivane Matchavariani – Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia, Tengiz Pkhaladze – Advisor to President Margvelashvili for Foreign Affairs and Sophiko Jajanashvili – Head of Press Relations and Communications Department of President Margvelashvili’s Administration.
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