Georgian prime minister Giorgi Gaharia on Tuesday (15 October) visited Armenia for meetings with the Armenian leadership. Gaharia met prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, president Armen Sarkissian and other state officials.
"We have a big responsibility - it is our history and our ancestors who have made the foundation for the friendly relations between Georgian and Armenian people. I am sure we will carry the responsibility worthily. We, the Georgian government, are ready to work hard for bilateral relations to become even more effective," Gakharia said at the start of the visit.On his part, Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan said that relations with Georgia are of particular importance to Armenia. Pashinyan noted that, in all probability, Georgia has observed that, after his election as prime minister, Armenian-Georgian bilateral relations are developing with special warmth.
Pashinyan also noted that the parties had stated the need for convening an intergovernmental commission meeting and, in parallel to this, the importance of holding an Armenian-Georgian business forum.
Speaking about regional security, the Armenian prime minister expressed confidence that the development of Armenian-Georgian relations will continue without external influence.
"We believe that the settlement of conflicts is possible only through peaceful means, based on the precepts and provisions of international law," Nikol Pashinyan stressed. "We affirmed that each and every conflict is unique, and the solutions must stem from their content. We also endorsed a balanced approach toward sensitive matters."
In the framework of the visit a meeting was also held between the Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and his Georgian counterpart, David Zalkaliani.
"The foreign ministers reaffirmed their mutual readiness to deepen the centuries-old friendship between the two countries in all possible directions, outlining the framework for the steps that need to be taken to do this" according to sources at the Armenian Foreign Ministry.
The Armenian and Georgian Foreign Ministers exchanged views on cooperation and dialogue with the EU in the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
The regional situation and problems were also discussed during the meeting. The parties highlighted the importance of maintaining regional peace, security and stability.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan welcoming Georgian prime minister Giorgi Gaharia at his residence in Yerevan. (phoro courtesy of the press service of the government of Armenia
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