Georgia congratulates Ukraine on Independence Day

Ukrainian flags fly as Georgia defeats Russia in a rugby match on February 22, 2014 in Tbilisi. Photo by N. Alavidze /, 24 Aug 2014 - 23:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian leaders bow before the Ukrainian heroes who died for their country and believe Ukraine "will gain victory and provide its people with a better, brighter future”.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili sent their congratulatory messages to their Ukrainian counterparts on the country’s Independence Day, which was marked each year on August 24.

"Our countries are connected with strong ties of friendship. We fought to secede from the viscous empire of the Soviet Union together, side by side. Having gained independence, we have backed each other and helped each other in building a state,” Margvelahsvili wrote in his letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

"We do remain your loyal advocates and good-wishers now, when Ukraine still has enough power to safeguard its sovereignty and remain committed to its path.”

PM Garibashvili said Georgia and Ukraine enjoyed a close friendship and he hoped the cooperation between the two countries would grow even stronger in the future.

"We prize Ukraine's support and we can assure you that you have a reliable and loyal partner in Georgia,” Garibashvili said in his letter to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

PM Garibashvili said his country supported Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

"I am convinced that through the efforts of the Ukrainian people, the country will overcome every difficulty facing it at this important stage in its history," he said.