Irish Foreign Minister expresses strong support for Georgia's European aspirations

15.09.23 14:40

Within the framework of the official visit to the Republic of Ireland, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ilia Darchiashvili met with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ireland, Micheál Martin.


At the meeting, the ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries, which, according to the sides, will contribute to the development of high-level political dialogue and to the deepening of existing relations in both bilateral and international formats.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland announced Ireland’s decision to exempt Georgian citizens with diplomatic passports from visa requirements when traveling to Ireland. As mentioned at the meeting, the technical implementation of the decision is currently underway. The sides welcomed this decision and expressed the hope that it will facilitate the visa regime for Georgian citizens in the future.


At the meeting, the ministers also highlighted that the Georgian Foreign Minister paid his visit to Ireland for the first time after a long-term pause. It was noted that this visit will further develop the agenda of bilateral relations between the countries, which has been characterized by increasing dynamics recently.


At the meeting, the sides paid special attention to the process of Georgia’s accession to the European Union. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia provided his colleague with comprehensive information on the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission and expressed the hope that Georgia’s efforts will be properly appraised when making a decision on granting the country a candidate status. On the other hand, the Irish side once again expressed its support for Georgia’s European aspirations. The Ministers emphasized the importance of the support of the EU member states, including Ireland, during this important period, and the opportunity to benefit from Ireland’s positive experience in this process.


The agenda of bilateral relations between the countries was reviewed in detail during the meeting. The sides noted the political support reaffirmed by Ireland towards Georgia in both bilateral and international formats. The ministers also emphasized the importance of developing sectoral and trade-economic ties between the two countries. Discussions at the meeting focused on the security environment in the region.


Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his colleague for supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for Ireland’s active involvement in the EU Monitoring Mission. The sides also discussed the issue of holding the next round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in Tbilisi this year. Ilia Darchiashvili invited his colleague for an official visit to Georgia.


On September 13-14, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia paid his first official visit to Ireland, during which he held meetings with the representatives of the executive and legislative agencies of Ireland.




source: 1TV

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