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EUHR Borrell Holds Meetings in Georgia

On September 8, HR/VP Josep Borrell began official meetings in Georgia. He met with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and discussed Georgia’s path to the EU and the regional security situation. “Georgia is our strong partner. We support strong institutions working together on progress towards its EU future” – Borrell stated.

Borrell met with Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili. According to HR Borrell, the meeting focused on the importance of increasing Georgia’s foreign policy alignment, as well as “wider regional matters”. “The EU stands ready to help you meeting the 12 priorities. We are fully committed to support Georgia’s EU aspirations” – tweeted Borrell.

According to Foreign Minister Darchiashvili, the discussion revolved around “Georgia’s progress on the EU integration path and implementation of the EU Commission’s 12 recommendations”, as well as security challenges in the region and beyond.

Josep Borrell met with the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Shalva Papuashvili, members of the parliamentary majority, and the parliamentary opposition. He acknowledged the existence of political polarization as part of political life but stressed that “it needs to be measured”, adding: “All political parties must cooperate to advance the reform agenda”.

Borrell visited the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), as well as the Tskhinvali occupation line near Khurvaleti. During his visit, he highlighted the 15th anniversary of EUMM’s permanent presence on the ground and its pivotal role in ensuring stability and reducing tensions. In addition, he reaffirmed the EU’s unwavering support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.

In his remarks, High Representative Borrell stated: “EUMM’s presence over the past 15 years stands as a testament to the EUs long-term commitment to fostering peace and security in Georgia and the wider region. For a decade and a half, the EUMM has played a pivotal role in ensuring stability and reducing tensions in this region. But as we mark EUMM’s accomplishments, I also look to the future. The EU’s dedication to fostering regional peace and stability in the South Caucasus region remains resolute.”

Josep Borrell met with representatives of civil society organizations, including the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Transparency International Georgia, The Rondeli Foundation, ISFED, and Civic Idea.

“Ensuring involvement of CSOs in the decision-making processes at all levels is key” – twitted Borrell.

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