President Margvelashvili congratulates Steinmeier on German presidential election victory

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, centre, is congratulated by predecessor Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: AP., 13 Feb 2017 - 12:39, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has congratulated Frank-Walter Steinmeier on being elected the president of Germany.

In his congratulatory letter, Margvelashvili said that he believes during Steinmeier's leadership Germany and Georgia will further deepen their relations.

"Your conscientious leadership and devoted service to the country’s interests will earn you the special mandate and trust of the German people, which offers even greater opportunity for new state initiatives and their realisation”, Margvelashvili wrote.

He said that he is confident that Steinmeier’s presidency will be efficient in regards to solving challenges Germany and entire Europe currently face.

Margvelashvili stressed that Georgia attaches great importance in having friendly relations with Germany and is grateful to the nation for its support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

"I firmly believe that during your leadership the historic close cooperation of our two nations will further deepen to benefit both our countries”, Margvelashvili said.

Former German Foreign Minister Steinmeier was elected president by a parliamentary assembly yesterday. He won 931 out of 1,260 votes.