Georgia-Belarus: New Beginnings

Bilateral and multilateral relations between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus have been developing steadily in all directions. This year is noticeably significant in terms of many important visits that were exchanged between the two countries at high and the highest levels.

It was the first time when in April 2015 the President of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr. Alerksander Lukashenko visited Georgia. The visit was quite successful in that it gave a new impetus to further development of cooperation in political, economic, commercial, cultural, humanitarian, scientific, technical and other fields. Based on the results of the visit, a newer vision towards the development of further bilateral relations has emerged.

Differences between the foreign policies of Georgia and the Republic of Belarus do not cause obstacles for the promotion of collaboration in bilateral as well as multilateral framework. The existing reality gives sufficient ground for moving further in our mutual cooperation. The most important for strengthening our bilateral partnership is the intensification of trade and economic activities that have significantly higher potential compared to the existing one.

The most important area in relations between Georgia and Belarus is the cooperation within international organizations. Similarly, Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Georgia and the EU, cooperation in the field of energy security within Eastern Partnership initiative and issues related to performing transit functions for transporting goods and services between China and the EU are among our strategic directions that Belarus is also interested in.

In June 2015, the first working visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia H.E. Ms. Tamar Beruchashvili was held in Belarus within the framework of the Eastern Partnership informal meeting. The mentioned visit turned out to be quite important and successful.