Federica Mogherini: “I’m personally looking forward to Georgia-EU visa-free travel”

2 Dec 2016 - 18:53

  • Mogherini stated Georgia had done an “excellent job” and fulfilled all its visa obligations. Photo by Prime Minister’s press office.
Agenda.ge, 2 Dec 2016 - 18:53, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini says she personally looked forward to Georgia's visa liberalisation with the EU.

The EU top official made a statement after the third EU-Georgia Association Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, at a joint press conference with Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili this afternoon.

I’m personally looking forward to finalising the procedure [referring to the completion of negotiations about the Suspension Mechanism within the EU] so that Georgian citizens have visa liberalisation in place as soon as possible,” Mogherini said.

She stressed Georgia had done an "excellent job” to meet all the EU requirements to gain visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen Zone.

She added she was sure Georgia would be granted visa liberalisation in the shortest term.

Only the final step is left,” she said.

In her opening remarks Mogherini also highlighted that it was the new Government of Georgia’s first, official foreign trip since the October Parliamentary Elections.

We value and appreciate the symbolic but an important political decision,” Mogherini said.

She stressed the Georgia-EU partnership was "excellent” as it was based on "common values, common agenda, common interests and common commitments”.

In return, Kvirikashvili stressed the Georgian Government’s first visit to Brussels "clearly highlighted Georgia’s European intentions.”

He said Georgia would continue its democratic and comprehensive reforms to be in full line with the EU demands and standards.

The Georgian delegation left for Brussels on November 30 and are due to return to end the trip later this evening.

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