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PACE President in Georgia

Tuesday, July 5
The head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Pedro Agramunt, has held his first official visit to Georgia since took up his current post in January 2016.

Spaniard Agramunt, who represents the European People’s Party (EPP) in PACE, held his first meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili in the morning in Tbilisi.

The officials mainly focused on ongoing democratic reforms in Georgia, PACE-Georgia cooperation, the upcoming October 8 parliamentary elections in Georgia and current security situation in the region.

“We are eager to hold most transparent and fair elections in the history of Georgia,” PM Kvirikashvili said. He noted the Government’s decision to invite a large number of foreign observers served this aim.

The PM also briefed the PACE chief about the complex reforms Georgia had carried out since 2012 regarding empowering of democracy, human rights, rule of law and media freedom.

Kvirikashvili stressed Georgia’s leading ratings in international surveys pointed to the country’s success in these fields.

“PACE stands by Georgia,” Agramunt stressed at the meeting.

The PACE official reiterated his support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and stressed the importance of punishing the border-guard who killed Georgian citizen Giga Otkhozoria at the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with Abkhazia on May 19.

PACE heads are elected for a one-year term.