The foreign ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia on Monday (29 October) held a joint press conference following a trilateral meeting at the presidential office in Istanbul.
Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu, Azerbaijan's Elmar Memmedyarov, and Georgia's David Zalkaliani discussed numerous topics such as energy, culture, tourism, and the economy, stressing the importance of cooperation between the three countries. The meeting took place on the day that Turkey is celebrating the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said: "On any platform or under any condition, Turkey supports the territorial and boundary integrity of Georgia and Azerbaijan. We strongly stress that at every platform."
Noting that the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) was inaugurated after last year's trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Baku, Cavusoglu said that commercial and personal ties have improved significantly since the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway began operating.
Turkey's top diplomat went on to say that they discussed how to improve cooperation in transportation and energy, adding that Turkmenistan, which has a role in the projects, might be added to the three-nation mechanism.
He underlined that Turkey supported Georgia's integration into Euro-Atlantic organizations, adding that Turkey has provided the greatest support for Georgia's NATO membership.
source: commonspace.eu witn Anadolou news agency, Ankara,
photo: The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey at their meeting in Istanbul on 29 Ocotoebr 2018. (picture courtesy of Anadolou news agency, Ankara)
The website of the Armenian government said that Nikol Pashinyan and Mamuka Bakhtadze "emphasised the importance of Armenian-Georgian relations in all spheres and expressed confidence that further active cooperation will promote the development and expansion of cooperation between the two neighbouring and friendly states in a number of directions".
Addressing the Council meeting in Geneva, ahead of the vote on Friday (22 March), Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Lasha Darsalia, said that the recent death of Irakli Kvaratskhelia whilst in detention in Abkhazia highlighted the urgency of the matter.