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EU supports Georgia’s visa liberalization

By Tatia Megeneishvili
Friday, September 23
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk and High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the EU Federica Mogherini supported Georgia’s Visa Liberalization and positively assessed the democratic reforms carried out in Georgia at a meeting with the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, in New York on September 22.

Kvirikashvili thanked the EU officials for their contribution to Georgia’s European integration process and said that Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic choice is irrevocable, as confirmed and evidenced by the demonstrated commitment towards political association and economic integration of the country with EU, along with the effective implementation of the Association Agreement.

During the meeting, Kvirikashvili also spoke about the October 8 parliamentary Elections of Georgia and said that the Government of Georgia would ensure transparent and fair elections in compliance with international standards of democracy.

Prior to meeting Tusk and Mogherini, Kvirikashvili conducted another meeting with his Belgian counterpart, Charles Michel.

During the meeting, democratic reforms implemented by Georgia towards its goal of European and Euro-Atlantic integration were discussed.

The parties also discussed prospects of bilateral cooperation. Special focus was made on the development of trade and economic relations.

It was also noted that the central role in this process is to be played by the associations of trade and industry, as well as individual private sector representatives.

They also touched upon the successful completion of Georgia’s Visa Liberalization Process. It was noted that Georgia has met all the criteria set in the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.

Kvirikashvili expressed gratitude to his colleague for the active engagement of the Kingdom of Belgium in the implementation of the Substantial Package of NATO.

For his part, Charles Michel reiterated his support towards the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.