19 Feb 2019 - 16:15
The presidents of Georgia and France have held a meeting at Elysee Palace and signed a document on furthering French-Georgian cooperation.
The declaration is aimed at developing and deepening cooperation in politics, defence, security, trade and finance as well as culture and education fields.
The parties discussed the improvement of Georgia-France bilateral relationships and increasing French support for Georgia in international organizations.
Proud to attend the signing of the historic declaration establishing bilateral dialogue btwn ???????????????? . Dimitri Amilakhvari Dialogue lays the groundwork for a qualitatively newer and higher level of partnership. pic.twitter.com/sCh1xCXSdU— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) February 19, 2019
Georgian President Zurabishvili said that Europe perceives Georgia as a reliable and important partner in the region and Georgia’s European and the Euro-Atlantic integration process is irreversible.
Salome Zurabishvili also stated that Georgia is leading in terms of successful reforms and significantly contributes to international peace and security within the framework of NATO and EU.
President Zurabishvili also put an emphasis on the role of France that constantly tries to maintain unity, wellbeing and solidarity in the EU.
Merci à Mme. Brigitte Macron pour notre entretien. ???????? ???????? pic.twitter.com/D3pV15PG0e— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) February 18, 2019
She also remarked that despite its remarkable progress Georgia is still occupied by Russia after ten years from the Russia-Georgia war and the conflict poses a serious threat to European security and stability and development of Georgia and whole region as well.
Salome Zurabishvili thanked France for showing unconditional support to Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Salome Zurabishvili on being elected as the President of Georgia.
Signing the Georgian-French dialogue declaration, we are opening a new page in the history of our relationship,” French President Emmanuel Macron stated.
He thanked President Zurabishvili for visiting France and stated France always stands by Georgia ‘like in 2008.’
Emmanuel Macron said the Dimitri Amilakhvari dialogue will enable the countries to conduct a lot of projects.
We know the person [Dimitri Amilakhvari] sacrificed himself to France in 1942,” he remarked.
Macron stated education is a priority and operation of French-Georgian University (UFG) confirms it.
He also said he foresees other projects in culture within the framework of Eastern Partnership.
He also remarked that cooperation in military and cyber-security fields is also necessary.
We should work on development of strategic cooperation,’ Macron remarked.
He thanked Georgian troops for standing beside France in South Africa.