Tbilisi has hosted another round of bilateral political consultations between Georgia and Switzerland

7.03.2017, Tbilisi - Another round of bilateral political consultations was held between the Foreign Ministry of Georgia and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. Deputy Foreign Minister David Dondua headed the Georgian delegation whereas the Swiss delegation was led by Deputy State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Krystyna Marty Lang.

Political consultations comprising thematic sessions and a working dinner, focused on a broad spectrum of issues including bilateral relations and prospects for future co-operation. 

The sides highlighted the increasing level of co-operation in such areas as politics, inter-regional contacts, economy, financial and technical assistance, etc. the sides also spoke about new possibilities of partnership in tourism, science, culture and education. Discussions focused on the importance of signing the Agreement between Georgia and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in June 2016, which creates greater potential for deepening trade and economic relations between the two countries.

The sides exchanged their views on the security and humanitarian situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, as well as on the Geneva International Discussions. Talking points also included confidence-building measures taken by the Georgian Government and possibilities of co-operation with the Swiss Confederation in this regard. David Dondua thanked the Swiss side for the Swiss Government’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its mediation efforts in Georgia’s relations with Russia.

Within the framework of the consultations, the sides highlighted Georgia’s role in strategically important transit and energy projects which are of particular importance to European partners, including Switzerland.