The FINANCIAL — French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, during a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, underlined the work Georgia has done in the process of visa liberalization process, which deserves to be completed successfully and in due time.
Jean-Marc Ayrault congratulated Mikheil Janelidze on the achievement of Agreement between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament on the visa suspension mechanism and expressed the hope that procedures necessary for granting Georgia visa free travel will be completed in due time.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked his French colleague for the personal support of this process and once again underlined the importance of visa liberalisation for Georgia that will promote Georgia’s rapprochement with the EU, strengthening the people-to-people dialogue and enhancing business ties and that will be yet another evidence of the EU successful policy in the region, according to MFA of Georgia.
Jean-Marc Ayrault congratulated Mikheil Janelidze on the democratic conduction of elections and underlined the country’s significant progress in carrying out reforms and democratic development.
The two Ministers welcomed the decision to open a permanent representation of the French Development Agency in Tbilisi in January 2017 that will promote the development of co-operation between the two countries in different spheres, including, sharing France’s experience in the spheres of tourism, infrastructure and sectoral development. Speaking about bilateral relations, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Mikheil Janelidze focused on successful co-operation in the spheres of defence and security.
Talking points also included the current security environment in the region and the recent development in Georgia’s occupied territories. By the end of the meeting, Mikheil Janelidze invited Jean-Marc Ayrault to pay an official visit to Georgia and welcomed the decision of France and Germany to hold the regional ambassadorial meeting of the two countries in Tbilisi.