Foreign Minister Visits Turkey

Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili is on an official visit to Turkey. He has already met with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan on February 15. Another meeting with the President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Numan Kurtulmuş, is scheduled within the framework of the visit.

Meeting with the Turkish Counterpart

During the meeting between Darchiashvili and Foreign Minister of Turkey Hakan Fidan, the sides discussed various aspects of the strategic partnership between Georgia and Turkey. They reviewed the “positive dynamics” of cooperation in trade, business, energy, transportation and culture.

The Ministers spoke about transit and energy projects between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and the development of the Middle Corridor. Both sides emphasized the importance of high-level visits and of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Georgia and Turkey.

They also discussed regional security challenges, with Turkey reaffirming its support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Ministers emphasized the role of Georgia and Turkey in promoting regional peace.

Lastly, they mentioned the upcoming tripartite ministerial meeting with participation of Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, and exchanged views on international issues and plans to deepen cooperation within international organizations.

Meeting with the President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly

During the visit, Ilia Darchiashvili also met with Numan Kurtulmuş, President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. The parties discussed current issues of bilateral strategic cooperation between the two countries and emphasized the importance of further deepening cooperation between the legislative bodies.

Darchiashvili thanked Numan Kurtulmuş for Turkey’s consistent support of Georgia’s sovereignty, non-recognition policy, and efforts to join NATO. They also discussed regional and global peace, stressing its importance.

Both sides hailed the “successful” bilateral trade and economic relations, highlighting in particular strategic transit and energy projects. They underlined the importance of trilateral cooperation between Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, including at the ministerial level.

Concluding the meeting, the parties affirmed their commitment to continuing and strengthening cooperation between Georgia and Turkey.

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