Developing and Deepening Relations with Canada

Mr. Alexander Latsabidze
Ambassador of Georgia to Canada and Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Georgia attaches great importance to further deepening its relations with Canada, a country whose foreign policy priority is fostering democracy and freedom around the world. Throughout 2015, Canada has traditionally remained a steadfast supporter of Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and its Euro-Atlantic aspiration. The Foreign Minister of Canada, H.E. Rob Nicholson, as well as representatives of Canada in various international organizations such as the UN, NATO and the OSCE made strong supportive statements which underlined Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. They repeatedly condemned Russia’s illegal actions in the occupied regions. Canada did not recognize the legitimacy or legality of the so-called "agreements" between the Russian Federation and the occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia.

On July 10-11, 2015, the State Minister of Georgian on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration H.E. David Bakradze paid a working visit to Canada to discuss the current and prospective avenues of cooperation both in bilateral and multilateral formats. 

During the meeting, Minister Bakradze and Minister Nicholson discussed the security situation in the region and the occupied territories. The creeping annexation of Georgian territory from the Russian side through the so-called “agreements” between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia were strongly emphasized. In addition, the sides conversed on actual issues and perspectives of Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The preparation for the next NATO summit in Warsaw was central to the discussion.