Georgian PM and German president discuss strengthening ties

Georgian PM and German president discuss strengthening ties

Strengthening of existing ties and cooperation in various directions between Georgia and Germany was on top of the agenda of the meeting of Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili and president of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. 

At the meeting, the PM gave a particular mention to the “outstanding political support” for Georgia by Germany and Steinmeier personally, the Georgian government administration said. The two officials noted the “reliable and valuable” partnership of the countries, which they said was based on “long-standing ties and common values”. They also noted Germany's “important role” in the success of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration process.

The sides emphasised Germany's practical support of Georgia, ensured not only through the German government but also by institutions and the private sector. The officials also discussed joint steps to help German business become more interested in the economic and investment potential of Georgia, with Garibashvili noting the role of the KfW Development Bank, the German Society for International Cooperation and other agencies in the development of his country.

The parties also discussed the security situation in the Black Sea region, with the PM welcoming Germany’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.

Garibashvili and Steinmeier also welcomed the “historic” decision of the European Council to grant Georgia the European perspective in June, and highlighted the action plan presented by the country’s government and steps taken by it in implementing related EU conditions.