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President Meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

As part of the XVI Batumi International Conference, President Salome Zourabichvili met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Petříček.
The sides discussed the prospects of bilateral cooperation between Georgia and Czech Republic, particularly economic relations. The Czech Republic’s support for Georgia’s path on the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations was also underlined.
The Czech Republic, as a close partner of Georgia, firmly supports its Euro-Atlantic integration process.
The discussion was also focused on the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. The Czech Republic considers that the EU’s open door and enlargement policy is essential. The sides also discussed Georgia’s sectoral integration into the EU, especially in the area of culture and education.
The President stated that Georgia has all the tools to become a full-fledged member of the European culture and education systems.
The sides discussed Georgia’s occupied territories and The Czech Republic’s support toward Georgia’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity.
Also discussed were the Geneva International Discussions format. The President stated that it is necessary the format be strengthened to become more effective through the mediation of Georgia’s partners.
The Minister praised Georgia’s participation in NATO missions to ensure global peace, security, and stability. He also mentioned that the Czech Republic supports an open-door policy for NATO.
The Czech Republic, along with other NATO member states, steadily supports a  Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Georgia. The sides also discussed circular migration and legal employment of Georgian citizens in the Czech Republic. The importance of increasing tourism and investment opportunities from the Czech Republic was also emphasized.

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