The FINANCIAL — Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with newly appointed Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser.
Talking points included friendly and partner relations between the two countries. Estonia’s strong support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the importance of practical assistance rendered by Estonia in this process were underlined. The two sides expressed the hope that the relations between their countries in terms of the European integration will acquire particular dynamics during Estonia’s EU presidency in the second half of 2017. Sven Mikser reaffirmed his readiness to visit Georgia.
Speaking about the visa-free travel, the two Foreign Ministers highlighted the importance of granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU and underlined that this will be one of the most important tangible results of the EU successful policy in the region, according to MFA of Georgia.
According to Sven Mikser, Estonia remains committed to the open door policy. The Estonian Foreign Minister underlined Georgia’s impressive progress in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration and stated that Georgia makes significant contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security process, takes part in NATO operations and is actively involved in the Alliance’s activity at different levels.
Discussions also focused on the security challenges in the region. Sven Mikser reaffirmed his support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemned Russia’s annexation policy in Georgia’s occupied territories. Mikheil Janelidze thanked his colleague for Estonia’s active participation in EU monitoring mission.
Mikheil Janelidze underlined that the Government of Georgia makes maximum use of Estonia’s experience in the process of carrying out reforms and focused on the existing successful co-operation between the two countries in different formats. The Georgian Foreign Minister also welcomed the decision to hold the annual meeting of the speakers of parliament of the Baltic and Nordic countries in Tbilisi in 2017.