Georgian Prime Minister hails Turkey’s support for his country

The Georgian prime minister on Thursday praised Turkey for Ankara’s “strong support” for the integrity and sovereignty of the Caucasus country.

Following a meeting with Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkey’s Ambassador to Georgia, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili “expressed his gratitude to the Turkish side for the strong support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” a statement read. of the Georgian Prime Minister.

Garibashvili also highlighted Yazgan’s “significant contribution” in developing relations between the two countries, the statement added.

The meeting focused on “the strategic partnership between the two countries and the positive development of bilateral relations”, he noted.

“One of the topics discussed by the dignitaries was the opening of the Turkish sales market and the import of high quality medicines with good manufacturing practices (GMP) to Georgia, which will lead to a significant and rapid drop in prices. pharmaceuticals in Georgia,” he said. added.

Garibashvili and Yazgan underlined that “the current regional projects between Georgia and Turkey are a striking example of effective strategic cooperation, solid development and reliable partnership, which thus leads to greater economic freedom, security and sustainability”.

The Georgian Prime Minister noted that effective regional cooperation with neighboring countries is a path leading to security, stability and sustainable development.

“The will was expressed to further deepen cooperation, including towards political and economic orientations,” the statement said.

During the meeting, attention was drawn to the upcoming session of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council. The next steps for concluding a free trade agreement (FTA) between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey were also discussed during the meeting, the statement also noted.

Garibashvili and Yazgan stressed that close cooperation between the two countries will remain a priority in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkey and Georgia have taken crucial steps to strengthen bilateral relations over the past decade. They are part of the trilateral mechanism with Azerbaijan, which was initiated by the Trabzon Declaration on June 8, 2012. The framework provides fertile ground for discussions on consolidating regional stability and security.

While Turkey is Georgia’s top trading partner, with a two-way trade volume of $1.85 billion in 2019, Turkish contracting companies carried out 258 projects in the country, Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted. Foreign Affairs.

The bond between Turkey and Georgia has been strengthened by the establishment of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

The two countries have signed many important bilateral agreements, including the Free Trade Agreement and the Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO), while increasing the number of joint energy projects.

One such project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline, began delivering gas to the Turkish grid in July 2007. Last year, it delivered 3.4 billion barrels of crude oil shipped from the sea terminal in Ceyhan, in southern Turkey, to world markets. in 14 years. Similarly, the 1,076 kilometer (669 mile) Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline began delivering Caspian oil to Turkey and world markets in 2006.

Another major project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, opened in 2017, linked not only Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, but also Europe to Central Asia and China. The 829 kilometer railway line, also known as the “Iron Silk Road”, stretches from Baku to Kars, completing much of the Middle Corridor with the Caspian Pass line.

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