Davit Zalkaliani met with the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See

22.10.2018, Tbilisi - The Georgian Foreign Minister, Davit Zalkaliani met with the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See.
 
The sides spoke about the increasing level of bilateral relations between Georgia and the Holy See, including the exchange of high- and the highest-level visits and meetings. Special note, in this context, was taken of the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia in 2016.
 
According to Zalkaliani, Georgia places high value on co-operation with the Holy See in the areas of culture, science and education. Special attention was paid to issues relating to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to its European integration.
 
According to Archbishop Gallagher, the Holy See firmly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and is concerned over the difficult situation in Georgia’s occupied territories where human rights violations - including restrictions on free movement and officiation of religious rituals, as well as bans on native language education – continue to be reported.
 
Archbishop Gallagher welcomed the Georgian Government’s peace policy and initiatives. He quoted Pope Francis as saying that peaceful co-existence in the region should be based on respect for sovereign rights of the States. According to him, Georgia’s progress on European integration path are particularly noteworthy.

The sides reaffirmed their readiness to further contribute to the development of relations between Georgia and the Holy See in various areas.

 
In Georgia, the Archbishop will also meet with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze.
 
He will also hold a meeting with Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II. 
Archbishop Gallagher  will also travel to village Khurvaleti at the edge of the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali Region and lay a wreath at the memorial of fallen soldiers in Tbilisi.