Georgia and Armenia have pledged to strengthen relations and to work together for peace and stability in the Caucasus region.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Monday (5 September) was in Yerevan where he met president Serzh Sargsyan and other Armenian leaders
Greeting the Georgian leader President Sargsyan expressed hope that the visit "will signify the further strengthening of the ties between the two friendly nations and will give a new impetus to the interstate relations". Serzh Sargsyan stressed the importance of high-level reciprocal visits which, according to the President, provide a good opportunity to discuss the items on the Armenian-Georgian agenda in a constructive and warm atmosphere as well as to preset new possibilities for cooperation. Noting that Armenia and Georgia are not only friendly states but also the two peoples linked by the centuries-long brotherly relations, which are cherished in Armenia, the President said that it is necessary to develop and strengthen these relations incessantly. According to the President, the current high level of the political dialogue between the two countries allows to further deepen the bilateral relations in all areas, taking them to a qualitatively new level.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted that Armenia's relations with Georgia date back hundreds of years and added that the Georgian people and Government attach the utmost importance to the development of these relations. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the existing mutual understanding between the two Governments as well as the dynamics of recent years and active trade and economic relations form an excellent base for the further strengthening of relations and developing the huge potential which they offer.
In Giorgi Kvirikashvili's words, strong friendly relations between Armenia and Georgia are important not only for Georgia and Armenia but also for the stability in the South Caucasus.
The website of the Armenian President reported that at the meeting, the parties "discussed opportunities and potential of expanding cooperation in a number of areas of mutual interest".
source: commonspace.eu with www.president.am
photo: President Serzh sargsyan of Armenia greeting the georgian prime Minister on his arrival at the Presidential palace in Yerevan. (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Armenia).
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