18.04.2017, Tbilisi – As part of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s official visit to Georgia, the Georgian and Iranian Foreign Ministers discussed the preparation of Prime Minister Girgi Kvirikashvili’s official visit to Iran. As Mikheil Janelidze said during the press conference, the Prime Minister is due to visit Iran at the end of the week and this visit will give a fresh impetus to co-operation between the two countries.
The Ministers spoke about priorities of bilateral cooperation in the areas of culture, education and people-to-people contacts. Special mention was made of the incrasing flow of Iranian tourists to Georgia. Accoridng to Mikheil Janelidze, the number of Iranian visitors to Georgia increased five-fold in 2016, which is further facilitated by direct flights between the two countries.
The Georgian Foreign Minister highlighted the great potential for further developing education cooperation emphasizing that the Government of Georgia intends to offer more education opportunities to the countries of the region, including to Iran. “Recognition of Georgian diplomas by Iran would facilitate this process” – the Minister said.
The Ministers spoke about the prospects for developing cooperation in the areas of innovation and start-ups. In this context, discussons focused on the relations between the Georgian Agency of Technologies and the Iranian Technological Centre.
Talking points also included the upcoming 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and friendly and good-neighbourly co-operation that has evolved over these years.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked his Iranian counterpart for the Iranian Government’s unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.