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President Zourabichvili Talks Activating Cooperation with Norway’s Prime Minister

President Salome Zourabichvili has talked about activating cooperation with Norway during her meeting with Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, as part of her work visit in Geneva. 
Norway’s Prime Minister reaffirmed her support for Georgia’s territorial integrity.
In response to Erna Solberg’s interest on the current situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, President Zourabichvili provided complete information about the existing circumstances in the Tskhinvali Region and Abkhazia concerning the humanitarian crisis, the ongoing russification policy, and the massive passportization issues.
President Zourabichvili reiterated that the Abkhazian language is under threat and needs to be preserved and maintained.
The process of Georgia’s NATO integration was also underlined during the meeting. Norway’s Prime Minister assessed positively Georgia’s reforms in defense.
The sides also discussed Georgia’s candidates for the positions of Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and of General Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The significance of Norway’s experience and achievements in the ecological aspect was also highlighted during the meeting. In particular, preservation of biodiversity, protection of the Black Sea ecosystem, and fishing regulations were discussed.
Another topic emphasized at the meeting was the importance of vocational education development and Norway’s experience in this field, which will assist in the economic advancement of Georgia.
“It is always nice to meet new female leaders. There’re few of us. Policies and cooperation between Georgia and Norway were discussed at the meeting,” noted Prime Minister Solberg.
The Prime Minister of Norway assessed profoundly the idea to open an Embassy of Norway in Georgia and noted that this would increase the cooperation between both countries.
“We are looking forward to that,” stated the Prime Minister.
She also noted that deepening cooperation in education, including in the aspect of vocational education, was also underscored during the meeting.
“We talked about vocational training. This is an area where I think we could work more together,” said Erna Solberg.

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