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Giorgi Margvelashvili and Kersti Kaljulaid, June 21, 2018. Photo: facebook.com/KerstiKaljulaid

Georgian, Estonian Leaders Discuss Bilateral Ties, NATO Integration

Georgian President Giorgi Margevlashvili, who is on a three-day visit to Estonia on June 21-23, met today with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, discussing Georgia’s expectations from the upcoming Brussels Summit on July 11-12.

According to Margvelashvili’s press office, the two presidents focused on regional security challenges, Russian occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Tbilisi’s non-recognition policy and Estonia’s support towards the country’s territorial integrity.

President Kaljulaid said after the meeting that Georgia could be proud of its achievements “from reforms at home to progress made at the European and Euro-Atlantic track,” adding that she firmly believes Georgia “deserves more than just kind and encouraging words.”

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas echoed the President’s sentiments, saying that at the upcoming NATO Summit Estonia wished “to reaffirm the promise we made in Bucharest in 2008 – the Alliance keeps their doors open to Georgia and other potential members, provided they meet all necessary conditions.”

President Giorgi Margvelashvili is visiting Estonia upon the invitation of President Kersti Kaljulaid to attend the country’s centennial anniversary celebrations together with five other European Presidents – of Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

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