PM Ponta: Romania, Georgia know well what lack of security means

Paying an official visit at Tbilisi, the head of the Gov’t in Bucharest reiterated Romania’s support
for Georgia’s choice on its European path alongside Moldova.

Romania and Georgia have common historic experience and know very well what the lack of security means. ‘I want to reaffirm Romania’s support for Georgia getting closer to the North Atlantic Alliance. Romania has always supported this process. (…) They (ed. note Georgians) know very well that we live in a highly difficult and complicated region, teeming with crises (…),’ Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta told a joint press conference on Friday in Tbilisi with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili, Agerpres informs
With this occasion, Ponta also reiterated Romania’s support for Georgia’s choice on its European path alongside Moldova, adding that Romania should do more for such countries to feel welcome inside the European Union.
Crisis in Ukraine will probably be the last, but there will be other conflicts, making it very important that Georgia is part of a safety system and values ??such as NATO and the European Union, stressed Prime Minister Victor Ponta. He said that Georgia wants proximity to NATO and the EU, and noted with satisfaction that the country has reaffirmed in Vilnius last year its intention to go ahead with European integration.
About the bilateral economic relations, Ponta said the Romanian-Georgian joint economic committee should resume activity.
‘I have noticed that it is 12 years since the last convention of the Romanian-Georgian joint economic committee; it is unacceptably long. There is only the Black Sea separating the two countries, they are not that far from each other; there is trade between them that can obviously be improved, because Georgia is Romania’s main trade partner in the area with a huge potential in transportation, and a direct connection between Georgia’s Batumi port and Romania’s Constanta port could benefit both countries,’ said Ponta.
In his turn, the Georgian prime minister thanked Romania for firmness in proclaiming the territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as for its support to Georgia’s integration with European structures.
To accelerate the operationalization of AGRI interconnector is needed
Also, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean had a meeting in Georgia with his Georgian Counterpart, Maia Pandjikidze, as part of the official visit of the Romanian PM in Tbilisi, with whom he discussed about the need to accelerate the operationalization of the AGRI interconnector. According to a press release of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), attention during the meeting was first of all paid to the preparations for the signing by Georgia of the Association Agreement with the EU, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, to this country’s efforts to join NATO, to the impact of the recent developments in Ukraine on the region and on the future relation of the EU with Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as the most advanced Eastern partners of the EU.
MAE showed that, while discussing the Romanian-Georgian sectoral cooperation, the two officials underscored the importance for the energy security in the region of the Azerbaijan – Georgia – Romania – Hungary Interconnector (AGRI) and voiced their convergent opinions with respect to the acceleration of the operationalization of this project.
In his turn, Minister Titus Corlatean reiterated Romania’s constant support to Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Moreover, he confirmed Romania’s support for the immediate signing of the Association Agreement and of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with Georgia, during the current European Commission’s term of office, as well as the implementation of the Association Agreement.
The two ministers also had an exchange of opinions related to the impact of the recent events in Ukraine, especially the situation in Crimea, on the security in the region and also on the dynamics of the process of preparation for the signing of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the EU, including the Deep and Comprehensive free Trade Agreement. On this occasion, the two high dignitaries signed an Agreement between the Romanian and the Georgian governments regarding the mutual protection of classified information, which is an important agreement for the two states, in compliance with the international standards.
In other context, Romanian Premier Victor Ponta on March 15 attended alongside the Romanian Minister of Sport, Gabriela Szabo, the rugby match between the national teams of Georgia (The Lelo) and Romania (The Oaks), which was held on the Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi.

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