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Monday, September 24
By Mariam Chanishvili

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova to form Parliamentary Assembly

Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova are forming the Parliamentary Assembly and its first meeting will take place in early October in Tbilisi.

According to the Resolution adopted by the Parliament of Georgia on the creation of the Assembly, Irakli Kobakhidze, Sophio Katsarava, Giorgi Mosidze, Tamar Khulordava, Isko Dasen, Kakhaber Kuchava, Davit Matikashvili, Giorgi Kandelaki, Salome Samadashvili, Giorgi Lomia will form part of it.

The explanatory note reads that the project aims at the development of the EU integration process, as well as the links between the three countries, focusing on the trilateral decision-making process and joint projects.

Georgian Parliament Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze said the legislatures of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine have “very strong trilateral cooperation”.

“We have common objectives and challenges; our common goal is the EU integration and our common challenge is territorial integrity, problems with Russia; and it is essential that we cooperate with our Ukrainian and Moldovan counterparts with this respect,” Kobakhidze said.

Possible Free Trade Regime with US

Georgian Prime Minister, Mamuka Bakhtadze made a statement on possible free trade regime with the United States, noting that the strategic partnership and cooperation between Georgia and the US are under discussions.

He highlighted that the Big Four's representative has completed technical-economic justification and the results are very encouraging.

“The possible free trade regime with the United States will not only highlight the economic potential, but it will also be a political step. We are set to accelerate the cooperation,” said Bakhtadze.

Bakhtadze met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on September 20, where the possibility of signing a free trade agreement between the two countries was discussed as well.

He is also invited to a reception organized by US President, Donald Trump and his wife, which will be attended by the heads of governments attending the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

According to the analysis of the Washington Post, United States must do all to advance Georgia’s economic development and its clear and demonstrated preference to be a full-fledged trading partner with the West.