Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide phoned her Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani on September 2, discussing Afghanistan evacuations and COVID-19 pandemic situation in Georgia, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported today.
The Norwegian FM acknowledged the “special contribution” of Georgia in managing the emergency evacuation flights of civilians and military personnel from Afghanistan and wide-scale humanitarian activities, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
FM #EriksenSoreide: I expressed my warmest gratitude to @DZalkaliani #Georgia for invaluable assistance during evacuation operation from Afghanistan. Most thankful for permitting us to establish a hub at Tbilisi Airport, ensuring a successful joint humanitarian operation. pic.twitter.com/3wPRqGjq1y
— Norway MFA (@NorwayMFA) September 3, 2021
FM Zalkaliani, on his part, stressed the importance of Georgia’s role as a regional transit hub, and noted the country will continue to actively support its European and American partners in ensuring international peace and security.
The top Georgian diplomat also reassured his Norwegian colleague of the wide availability of vaccines and positive dynamics in the immunization drive, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported.