Georgian, Turkish, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers meet next week

Tamar Beruchashvili, Foreign Minister of Georgia; Photo by RFE/RL, 06 Dec 2014 - 18:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia's Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili is scheduled to visit Turkey to meet her Turkish and Azerbaijani counterparts for a trilateral meeting in the country’s eastern province of Kars on December 10.

During the third trilateral meeting, Beruchashvili, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov are expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues, increasing cooperation between the countries and regional stability and security.

The parties will also exchange views on regional cooperation on issues of common interest to all three countries.

"The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers, where bilateral and regional issues will be evaluated in a comprehensive way, will contribute to the development of common understanding in all areas on the basis of mutual interest, and to the consolidation of regional stability and security,” said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement released on Friday.

The first such trilateral meeting between foreign ministers of the three countries was held in Trabzon on Turkey’s Black Sea coast in June, 2012, and the most recent meeting took place in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja in February, 2014.

In a separate written statement on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Beruchashvili was expected to arrive in Turkey on December 9 at Cavusoglu's invitation.

"During the meetings, the ministers will discuss the prospects for furthering bilateral relations and strategic cooperation between Turkey and Georgia in all fields, and will exchange views on regional and international developments. The visit will contribute to the excellent relations that already exist between Turkey and Georgia,” read the statement.