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Georgian PM, FM meet with Armenian officials in Yerevan

By Khatia Bzhalava
Thursday, May 13
Yesterday, within the framework of the official visit to Armenia, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili met with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The meeting focused on relations between the two countries. According to the Georgian governmental administration, the sides reviewed transport communications, energy and road infrastructure. PMs also talked about the cooperation between Georgia and Armenia in trade, economy, logistics and culture spheres. After the face-to-face meeting, the sides held a joint conference where they made statements about deepening collaboration in various fields.

Pashinyan stressed that the centuries-long friendship between the two countries as well as the common values of democracy and the supremacy of law lay a solid basis for partnership. As the Armenian PM noted, the sides decided to focus more on trade and economic ties. They also touched upon the developments in the technology, education, science, and culture fields. According to Pashinyan, the sides discussed regional issues and expressed a strong belief that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be resolved once and for all under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group chairmanship.

“Armenia-Georgia partnership is, undoubtedly, one of the most significant guarantees for ensuring stability in the region,” Prime Minister of Armenia stated.

Garibashvili stated at the joint briefing that Armenia’s stability and democratic development is highly important to Georgia and the whole region. Georgian PM stressed to keep supporting peaceful cooperation and coexistence in the South Caucasus. As he stressed, Georgia is committed to facilitating regional dialogue in terms of economy, trade, culture, and other humanitarian issues.

Within the framework of the official visit of the Georgian government delegation to Yerevan, Georgia's foreign minister David Zalkaliani also met with his counterpart Ara Aivazian.

The two foreign ministers discussed bilateral relations and expressed a willingness to deepen economic cooperation. FMs also spoke about the situation in the South Caucasus region and underscored the importance of resolving all existing problems through dialogue and negotiations. Zalkaliani stated at the meeting that Georgia is ready to offer the capital, Tbilisi, to its partners in the South Caucasus as a platform for dialogue.

After the meetings, the Georgian Prime Minister laid a wreath at the memorial of 1915 Armenian Genocide victims.