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Rishi Sunak expresses UK's continuous support towards Georgia's territorial integrity, writes to PM Gharibashvili

By Liza Mchedlidze
Friday, November 25, 2022
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Rishi Sunak, wrote that the United Kingdom stands by Georgia in the conditions of continuous Russian aggression and supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders.

"Mr. Prime Minister! Thank you for your letter of congratulation dated October 26. First of all, I would like to thank you very much for visiting the British Embassy in Tbilisi and expressing your condolences on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In these challenging times, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations, our security and defense partnership has never been more important. I want to assure you that the United Kingdom stands by Georgia in the conditions of continuous Russian aggression.

We firmly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within the internationally recognized borders and continue to call on Russia to withdraw the recognition of independence of the so-called Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions and provide unhindered access to humanitarian aid in the mentioned regions of Georgia. I am delighted that in early 2023, the UK will host the next 'Wardrop Strategic Dialogue' event, which will cover the full range of cooperation between our two countries and further strengthen the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force on 1 January 2021.

I also welcome Georgia's support for Ukraine. This illegal war has starkly reminded us of the threat Russia poses to the fundamental principles of international law, including territorial integrity. The UK is unwavering, as is your support for Ukraine. I look forward to working with you to strengthen and strengthen our partnership for the prosperity, peace, and security of our nations," Rishi Sunak's letter reads.