Georgia, Ukraine team up for “shared strategic aspirations”

  • Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in Tbilisi, Georgia on November 27, 2017. Photo: PM’s press office., 27 Nov 2017 - 13:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia and Ukraine share strategic aspirations as well as challenges while trying to achieve them and the two nations should work shoulder-by-shoulder to this end.

This was stated as Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Tbilisi today.

Groysman is on his first official visit to Georgia, accompanied by a large Ukrainian delegation consisting of several ministers.

"Today we are here in Georgia with a delegation that represents those spheres that are priorities for us to cooperate on, starting from culture to economy”, Groysman said.

He added that this is not "just a visit”, but a visit to a country with whom Ukraine has "very special friendly relations”.

Prime Minister Kvirikashvili stressed that Georgia and Ukraine have a lot in common.

"We have shared strategic aspirations and it is very important to achieve these aspirations together and to cooperate in this regard. We also share challenges that stand on our way to achieve these aspirations”, Kvirikashvili said.

The two prime minister confirmed that they both firmly support one another’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Discussing economic relations, Prime Minister Groysman said that it’s time for the two nations to set "a more ambitious aim” and increase 500 million USD trade turnover to one billion.

"This will be the main task of our cooperation” he said.

Groysman also said that today's meeting touched upon simplifying travel procedures too. He said that the sides expressed their readiness to start a dialogue regarding making ID cards enough for Georgians to visit Ukraine and vice versa.

Following the face-to-face meeting, the pair met again in a broader format this time, where Georgian and Ukrainian officials from different spheres exchanged views on a number of issues.

Two memorandums of cooperation were signed today between Georgia and Ukraine:

  • Land registration and cadastre system development
  • Drug quality control

The Ukrainian delegation will also participate in the Silk Road forum that will take place in Tbilisi on November 28-29.

Today’s meeting came after Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko visited Georgia in the beginning of November, and before that, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko paid a visit to Tbilisi earlier this year.