The visit of the President and the Foreign Minister of Cyprus is an important chapter in the history of our relations – David Zalkaliani

 17.04.2019, Tbilisi – “There will be no exaggeration to call this visit historic as it is held for the first time in the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries and I am confident it will make a tremendous contribution to the further strengthening of relations between the two countries” - Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said at a joint press conference following his meeting with his Cypriot counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides.
 
Highlighting the historical and cultural links between Georgian and Cypriot people, Zalkaliani said that these relations are based on the devoted commitment to common fundamental values. According to him, there is high dynamics of economic and cultural relations, as well as in terms of people-to-people contacts. The Minister paid special attention to the importance of Kutaisi-Larnaka-Kutaisi direct flights and the contribution the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture makes towards ensuring the Georgian Sunday schools are opened. Such schools, according to the Minister, are already functioning in Nikozia and Limasol and the number of students is unprecedentedly high (75).
 

 Zalkaliani also underlined the importance of Cyprus active support for Georgia’s European integration.
 
“Georgia’s European integration is one of the key areas of co-operation between the two countries. The visit of the President and the Foreign Minister of Cyprus is yet another strong demonstration of support and solidarity with Georgia. About a month ago this support was clearly expressed in the statement made by the president of the Cypriot ruling party” – Zalkaliani said.


Speaking about the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, the Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the Cypriot government for its important contribution to the effective functioning of the EUMM.