A Breakfast Discussion with Foreign Affairs Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili & Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze
The German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted a breakfast roundtable discussion on 28 October 2015 with the Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, as well as the Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze. The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Moreover, he spoke about current security challenges, including the creeping annexation and human rights violations in the occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, and underscored the importance of building strong people to people relations with the local population. He also shared his concerns with regard to the widespread Russian propaganda. The Minister expressed hope that the migrant crisis in Europe will not hinder the Visa Liberalization process. He referred to obtaining the visa free regime with the EU as a key priority, which would provide an additional incentive to the breakaway regions for the unity with Georgia, and also assist entrepreneurs, in particular SMEs, essential to the economy.
Following the Vice Prime Minister’s departure, the Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze evaluated deepening relations with the EU and NATO, enhancing confidence building with Georgia’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and strengthening regional cooperation, as well as regional security and stability as crucial. The Georgian government is confident that progress demonstrated with fulfilling the Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP) and successful implementation of the Association Agreement will advance Georgia on its way towards EU integration. Simultaneously, continuous engagement in NATO-led operations and fulfillment of the Substantial Package will guarantee Georgia’s progress on its path towards NATO membership.