Giorgi Kvirikashvili: “We are grateful to Latvia for its support, especially in this period when Georgia is writing its new history together with Europe”

“I wish to thank Latvia on behalf of the Georgian people for the support we are receiving from Latvia in this critically important period when Georgia is forming its new history together with Europe” – Giorgi Kvirikashvili is quoted as saying at the joint press conference following his meeting with his Latvian  counterpart, Foreign  Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

The Georgian Vice Prime Minister underlined Latvia’s firm support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Minister Kvirikashvili thanked his Latvian colleague for visiting the village of Ditsi along the occupation line. Giorgi Kvirikashvili emphasised that the Latvian Foreign Minister fully accepts the Georgian Government’s strategy aimed at building confidence between Georgians and the Abkhaz and Ossetian communities.

“This problem, Georgia is confronted with, is also facing our friends. During the meeting we spoke about the strategy and projects, which our government carries out towards building confidence between Georgians and Abkhazians, on the one hand, and between Georgians and Ossetians, on the other. I am glad that our partners fully agree with our strategy” – the Georgian Foreign Minister said.

The two Ministers underlined that relations between Latvia and Georgia have been developing in a very fruitful and successful cooperation. Mutual exchange of high-level visits has intensified in recent years outlining new prospects for co-operation between different institutions and different regions. The Ministers underlined that the existing trade-economic potential should be completely used and that the upcoming session of the Inter-Governmental Economic Commission and the intensified business contacts will facilitate this process.   

Discussions also focused on the NATO Summit in Warsaw and on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. It was underlined that Georgia has succeeded in making great progress in the process of implementation of the existing instruments of co-operation, including Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP), in which Latvia is also involved.    

In the frames of the visit to Georgia, Edgars Rinkēvičs will meet Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Speaker of the Parliament David Usupashvili. The Latvian Minister will pay tribute to the memory of those who died for the unity of Georgia and will visit a kindergarten in the village Ditsi along the occupation line, which was fitted out by the Government of Latvia.  

Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Edgars Rinkēvičs will attend the reception dedicated to Latvia’s National Day.