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The President of Georgia: We Develop Georgia in the European Direction, in Hope That the Population, Living in the Occupied Territories, Will Also Benefit From It

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Raimonds Vējonis have made joint press statements, highlighted the prospects of strengthening relations between Latvia and Georgia, and expanded on the issues discussed at tete-a-tete and extended meetings.
“It is symbolic that today, when Georgia has taken another important step in the European integration process, our country is visited by the Head of the country, which has greatly supported Georgia in the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Here is the person, who has been supporting us throughout the years in overcoming the most difficult challenges.
Mr. President Vējonis is our truly outstanding friend and I would like to personally thank him for his firm support of Georgia.
We have discussed bilateral and multilateral cooperation, which Georgia and Latvia develop for the well-being of Georgian and Latvian people.
We have also discussed the regional cooperation between our countries. There are numerous available potentials of strengthening multilateral relations between Georgia and Latvia and they will definitely be realized. This includes strengthening cooperation in the areas of military, economics, education, science, and culture.
I would also like to underscore the special interest of our countries in the cooperation between the Black and Baltic Sea regions. Interesting projects can be implemented in this direction and I am sure that our mutual vision will lead to their implementation.
On the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration, which our society has chosen and which is supported by our partners, we have a very clear and united vision.
In this context, the aggressive policy, carried out by our Northern neighbor is obviously a difficulty and I would like to thank Mr. President for clearly stating his position in this regard and condemning the occupation and annexation policy.
Mr. President, during these days, we have delivered a clear message to our peoples and the international community, through the present business agreements and strengthening relations between the two countries, that friendship between Georgia and Latvia is a guarantee of our countries’ and regions’ development. Thank you once again for being with us on this important occasion, to which you have a significant contribution.
I would like to stress the fact that our citizens, living in the conflict zone, obviously, will benefit from this decision. We strengthen and develop our country in the European direction, in hope that our citizens, including the ones living in the occupied territories, will benefit from it.
I believe that the European integration will provide the European ways of solving our conflicts. Solution of the conflicts that exist between us and the citizens, living in the occupied territories, should firstly be peaceful, and secondly, in accordance to the format and the tradition of the European states.
Therefore, will it be the Association Agreement or a step taken forward in the visa liberalization process, all these bring us closer to the European political culture and the solution of our conflicts within the format of this political culture. I believe that the time will come soon when we will all get through the pain and emotions and reach a united, strong, and the European vision Georgia. Through our joint efforts, we will definitely reach this vision”, - stated President Margvelashvili.
President Vējonis has congratulated Georgian population on the successful termination of the visa liberalization process and the commencement day of the visa-free regime.
“The President has already mentioned that this visit is also very symbolic because a visa-free regime for the Georgian citizens to the Schengen area enters into force today. It is a proof that a reform process of Georgia has been successful. I am confident that visa-free travel will bring Georgia closer to Europe and hope that it will have a positive impact on the Latvian and Georgian bilateral cooperation and contacts of our peoples as well. […] The Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union have opened a door for more intensive business contacts. We are ready to continue sharing our reform experience to Georgia.
We believe that each country has a right to make independent and sovereign choices on foreign and security policy, free from external pressures. We welcome choices that Georgia has made and we continue to strongly support Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Georgia is one of the closest partners for NATO and the European Union and the instruments to deepen our relations are in place. They just need to be fully implemented. Latvia has always supported strengthening Georgia-EU relations and the main priority is to make a full use of the Association Agreement.
As the President said, Georgia is an important NATO partner and despite other immediate challenges the alliance is confronted with, Georgia stays high on our agenda and we will always support Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO. Georgian government has made a clear commitment toward Euro-Atlantic integration during the past years, a lot has been done on Georgia’s integration path. Georgia has been serving as an example for other aspirant countries with its dedication and hard work. It is important to continue this progress under the Substantial NATO-Georgian package, it will boost Georgia’s defense capacities to better provide for your security, as well as strengthen relations with NATO member countries. It will also help Georgia to prepare for Georgia’s eventual membership.
I would like to state that Latvia condemns actions aimed at undermining Georgia’s territorial integrity. The so-called parliamentary and presidential elections, as well as the so-called referendums in breakaway regions are illegal in accordance with international law and will not be recognized by the international community.
Latvia will continue to support the EU monitoring missions in Georgia and we see that these mission has a stabilizing effect in the region. I would like to reiterate that Latvia has always supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. Finally, I would like to invite the President to visit Latvia any appropriate time for the President”, - stated President Vējonis.

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