The FINANCIAL — Within the framework of his official visit to the Republic of Estonia, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze appeared at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and delivered a lecture titled “Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic Integration”.
The Georgian Foreign Minister spoke about the strategic importance of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration underlining that it is a conscious choice of the Georgian people and the only foreign policy course of Georgia, according to MFA of Georgia.
The Eastern Partnership remains first and foremost about the bilateral relations between the EU and its partners, one of the important priorities for Georgia in its relations with the EU. In this context, we are ready to make the best possible use of the concrete innovative approaches reflected in the new European Neighbourhood Policy” – Mikheil Janelidze said.
The Georgian Foreign Minister spoke about the progress that has been achieved in Georgia’s co-operation with the EU, activities relating to the effective implementation of the Association Agreement including the DCFTA component, which will bring tangible benefits to the population of the country and give a boost to the economy. In the light of Georgia’s rapprochement with the European Union, Mikheil Janelidze highlighted the importance of visa-free travel to the EU countries.
Mikheil Janelidze also discussed the issues relating to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, noting that Georgia has carried out a huge work in this direction. The Minister also underlined that Georgia stands ready to share the burden of collective security participating in the EU and NATO missions’ and that the outcome of the Warsaw Summit should be a clear-cut and evident step forward in the direction of membership, which is the ultimate goal for Georgia.
The attending audience included representatives of the Estonian authorities and non-governmental organisations, diplomatic corps accredited in Estonia, Georgian students studying at different universities in Estonia. The Minister’s lecture was followed by discussions during which Mikhail Janelidze answered the questions put by the attending audience.