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Estonia Supports Georgian Integration With The EU And NATO

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Foreign Minister Kaljurand met with the Prime Minister of Georgia

Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on November 3, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand confirmed that Estonia supports Georgian integration with the EU and NATO. “Georgia has carried out important reforms and it is necessary to continue on the same path.

Our cooperation with Georgia is focused on sharing experiences to ensure the successful application of reforms, deepen integration with the EU and facilitate moving closer to NATO”, the Foreign Minister said. She added that in the context of the upcoming elections in Georgia, the European Union is monitoring developments regarding democracy and the rule of law. 

Kaljurand confirmed that Georgia is an important development cooperation partner for Estonia. “We are focused on developing business, vocational education and civil society. This enables us to offer added value to Georgia and supports integration with the EU, while taking into account Georgia’s needs and wishes,” the Foreign Minister said. Furthermore, Kaljurand added that ICT solutions are a main component of Estonian development cooperation.

Kaljurand also expressed hope that negotiations concerning visa liberation between the EU and Georgia will produce positive results in the near future. “There should be no reservations about visa liberation when all the criteria are fulfilled. Visa-free travel would enable the strengthening of contacts and would bring Georgians even closer to the EU,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand said.

The Foreign Minister encouraged Georgia to increase economic relations with the EU. “An increase in investments coming from the EU is important for both Georgian economic security and from the standpoint of implementing the Association Agreement”, the Foreign Minister stated.

Kaljurand and Garibashvili also discussed the security situation in the region, developments in Georgia’s internal politics and relations with neighboring countries.


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