Giorgi Kvirikashvili has met Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
 
The Ministers discussed a broad spectrum of bilateral and multilateral co-operation between Georgia and Federal Republic of Germany and outlined plans for the further development of relations in various areas.
 
Discussions focused upon Georgia’s integration process with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures and the importance of Germany’s support in this regard. As the German Foreign Minister emphasized at a press conference following the meeting, ‘the signature of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union marks the beginning of a very important road, it is a step, which brings Georgia closer to Europe and Germany supports this process of rapprochement.
 
The Ministers highlighted Georgia’s progress along its path of European integration, including the works Georgia has performed within the framework of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. “Visa Liberalization is of paramount importance, including in terms of making full use of the  Free Trade Area with the European Union. It offers small business an indispensable instrument for gaining an access to the European market and find partners there. Germany’s support in this process will be highly important. Georgia successfully completed the technical part of the Action Plan and now we rely on our European partners for their positive report and political decision” – the Georgian Foreign Minister said.
 
The Ministers discussed the security situation in the regions as well as the recent developments in Ukraine and the Middle East. Talking points also included the situation in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and Russia’s destructive steps in this regard. “I note with satisfaction that my German colleague fully shares the Georgian government’s policy aimed at building confidence with our Abkhazian and Ossetian  citizens and our constructive approach towards achieving stability and security in the region” – Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at the press conference in Berlin.
 
Special attention in the context of bilateral co-operation was paid to the need to deepen trade-economic relations, in particular, to make the potential of Georgia and of the region as a whole attractive for German business communities, as well as to the importance of increasing German investments in Georgia. Talking points also included aspects of sectoral co-operation, including in the areas of culture and education.
 
The German Foreign Ministers congratulated Giorgi Kvirikashvili on his appointment as Foreign Minister and wished him success in his further activities. On his part, the Georgian Foreign Minister thanked Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his warm welcome and expressed the hope that the visit will further contribute to the deepening of relations between the two countries.