Within the framework of the state visit, President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.
I am delighted Your Holiness, it is a great honor for me to meet you, – Frank-Walter Steinmeier addressed Catholicos-Patriarch.
Ilia II blessed the guests.
“I extend my warmest welcome to you, your spouse and accompanying persons on behalf of the Church of Georgia. Your visit is very important and Georgian people have great expectations. As you know, there are many problems around the world, including in Georgia. The violated territorial integrity remains Georgia’s most painful problem. Twenty percent of our territory has been seized by a foreign country, but I would say that this problem is heavy burden for Russia as well. Everything must be done to solve it. We believe that Germany has so much power and authority to take an active part in this process. In my opinion, military bases should be withdrawn from occupied territories. You have such a great experience in diplomatic affairs, that it will not be difficult for you to move the process forward” – Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said during the meeting.
President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier is paying an official visit to Georgia. Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Tbilisi yesterday.