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President Kaljulaid in Georgia: continued reforms will serve the interests of Georgia and its people

President Kaljulaid in Georgia: continued reforms will serve the interests of Georgia and its people
President Kaljulaid and the president of Georgia Giorgi Margvelašvili.
© Office of the President of Georgia

13.09.2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid said yesterday at the meeting with her Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Margvelashvili, that continued reforms and the reconstruction of democratic institutions will help to boost the economy of Georgia and enhance the well-being of people while laying down a strong foundation for the country's efforts towards joining both the European Union and NATO.

President Kaljulaid emphasised at the meeting that Georgia and Estonia are countries with strong mutual relations, which are symbolised, among other things, by close political connections, the honest exchange of ideas and remarkable co-operation in a number of spheres. The development and security policy of Georgia was discussed in detail. According to the President of the Republic, Estonia has not forgotten that a part of Georgia is still occupied and promised to contribute to keeping this information on the mind of other countries. The heads of state also discussed climatic change, environmental issues and attaching value to a clean environment, as highlighted by Let's Do It! World Clean Up Day, which is coming up on Saturday.

At the meeting with the Prime Minister, Mamuka Bakhtadze, President Kaljulaid confirmed that Estonia still supports Georgia in both implementing the changes and closer integration with the European Union and NATO. "The faster implementation of reforms in the areas of economics, environment protection and education would serve to boost the economy of Georgia, offer security to investors and contribute to closer co-operation with Estonia and the European Union in general," said the Estonian Head of State. The well-established rule of law and strong civic society can also contribute to changes and help to start them, added President Kaljulaid.

The President of the Republic was also speaking at the 'World in 2018: Upside Down?' international conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, where she discussed Georgia and security in the region with the Executive Director of the McCain Institute and the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker.

Today the Head of State is in Riga, Latvia to contribute to the discussions of the Arraiolos Group. The Arraiolos Group is the name given to the series of informal meetings that started in 2003 to which Heads of State who are not involved in the European Council are invited.

Photos: Office of the President of Georgia