Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrived in Georgia. PHOTO / VIDEO
On March 3, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan began an official two-day visit to Georgia. He has already met with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Gakharia at the government administration building, where the official reception ceremony was held.
“The friendly relationship between Georgia and Armenia spans thousands of years,” said Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Gaharia after a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Gakharia says he discussed cooperation with his Armenian counterpart in the fields of economy, security, culture and education.
“The Georgian side noted that the process of democratization in the region is critical for development in the areas of economy, culture, and education. Georgian citizens made their own decision about Euro-Atlantic integration, and the country is steadily moving in this direction. We agreed that, despite the different positions we have on foreign policy, it is impossible to have a disagreement between our countries, and we continue to cooperate on friendly terms,” said Gakharia.
The Prime Minister noted that he welcomes the active cooperation of Armenia within the framework of the “Eastern Partnership.”
Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani met the Armenian Prime Minister at the airport.
“Pashinyan’s visit to Tbilisi once again confirms the mutual importance that Georgia and Armenia have for each other. During the visit, the Prime Minister of Armenia will touch upon issues of trade, economy, energy, transport, culture and, of course, regional security. Both countries are members of the Eastern Partnership. This year is important for us in that the Eastern Partnership Summit will be held, and today we need to compare our positions,” David Zalkaliani told reporters.
This is Nikol Pashinyan’s second visit to Georgia as Prime Minister of Armenia. His first visit to Tbilisi was in May 2018. During this visit, Pashinyan will also meet with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze and the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II. The Prime Minister of Armenia will also lay flowers on the graves of heroes who died fighting for Georgia.