PM Garibashvili in Bucharest: PM Ponta says Romania has the interest and duty to not forget Georgia and support its European and North Atlantic endeavors

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Friday stated, after his talks with Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili (photo L) that, although Romania has always supported the Republic of Moldova the most, he believed our country has “the interest and duty” to not forget Georgia, a country that knew how to stand beside the EU and NATO, despite the very difficult regional context.

Georgian Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili ,who is on an official visit to Romania was received with military honors by his Romanian counterpart at the Victoria Palace. During the visit that he is conducting to Bucharest, the Georgian Prime Minister had also scheduled meetings with the Speakers of the two Chambers of Parliament, Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Valeriu Zgonea.


Romanian, Georgian Foreign Ministers  sign multi-sector collaboration program


The Romanian and Georgian Foreign Ministers, Bogdan Aurescu and Tamar Beruchashvili, respectively, have signed, on Friday, at the Government House, in the presence of the two countries’ Prime Ministers, Victor Ponta and Irakli Garibashvili, a program of collaboration between Romania and Georgia in the realms of culture, education and science, mass-media, youth and sports.

At the end of the signing ceremony, the two Prime Ministers hold official talks with the participation of the two delegations.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta hailed the visit of his Georgian counterpart to Bucharest and congratulated him for the successful visit he conducted to Brussels. The Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed, in context, the fact that Romania remains a powerful supporter of Georgia’s accession to the European Union and NATO.

Ponta also emphasized that Romania supports, in equal measure, the accession to the Euro-Atlantic structures of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

“All countries in the European Union speak of and support – and that’s very good – Ukraine. Romania has always supported the Republic of Moldova the most, but I believe that it is our interest and duty to not forget about Georgia either, a country that was brave enough to stand beside the European Union and NATO, while facing a very difficult regional context, and to support the Georgian people,’ Ponta told a joint conference he held with PM Irakli Garibashvili.

The head of the Executive also reaffirmed that “Romania is one of the most determined supporters of Georgia’s European Union and NATO integration” and specified that the two countries are also developing joint economic projects.

“And I refer here to the energy field and to such projects such as the AGRI [The Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector] and other energy projects that we have been able to carry out in the new regional context. Moreover, the two agriculture ministers, who also participated in our meeting, have established an extremely important cooperation in this field. I especially have in mind the assistance that Romania already granted to the Republic of Moldova in developing legislation, the agricultural system to observe the European standards, for we want to do the same thing with Georgia,” said Ponta.

The Georgian Prime Minister stated, in his turn, that he is glad to be on his first official visit to Romania and admitted the fact that Romania, through the authorities in Bucharest, has proven to be a great supporter of Georgia’s accession to the European Union and the Northern Atlantic Alliance. Irakli Garibashvili also thanked his Romanian counterpart for his personal contribution brought to supporting Georgia’s European and North Atlantic endeavors, Agerpres reports.


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