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Foreign Minister Paet Begins Official Visit to Georgia


Tomorrow, 7 September, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will begin his official visit to Georgia. Paet has meetings planned with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, and Foreign Minister Gregory Vashadze.

On 8 September the foreign minister plans to visit IDP villages located near the occupation lines of the occupied areas, namely Tserovani, Odzisi, and Ergneti, as well as the town of Gori and Mtskheta. He has meetings planned with the governors of Shida Kartli and Mtskheta Tianeti.

Foreign Minister Paet will be giving a speech to the ambassadors of Georgia in which he will address matters related to the EU, NATO-Georgia relations, and Estonia-Georgia bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Paet confirmed Estonia’s desire to contribute to the development of a democratic Georgian nation. “Estonia and Georgia’s co-operation is close, and in the development co-operation sector we are developing many areas of interest to Georgia, for example the development of rule of law and projects that will improve the functioning of the state, as well as education projects,” stated Foreign Minister Paet. Georgia is one of Estonia’s four development co-operation priority partners.

During his visit, Paet plans to speak with Georgia’s state leaders about Estonia-Georgia bilateral relations, including political and economic relations and co-operation in international organisations. Other topics will include Georgia-European Union co-operation and issues related to Eastern Partnership, Georgia-NATO relations, general developments in Georgia, and relations with third countries.

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