President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, who started his first official visit to Georgia yesterday, assessed Georgia as a ‘trustful and faithful’ partner of his country while speaking at a joint briefing with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili last night.
Italy firmy supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We praise the aspiration Georgia has towards becoming a member of the EU. Georgian policy has brought very important results, such as the Association Agreement and visa liberalisation. Italy has also expressed its very firm position regarding NATO-Georgia relations at the Summit in Brussels recently,” Sergio Mattarella said adding that he is proud to be the first President of Italy who has visited independent Georgia.
Honored to welcome President Sergio Mattarella of #Italy in Tbilisi, where we discussed further expansion of our nations' relations. Both sides signed several memorandums and agreements for deepening security, education, innovation & technology, sports and cultural ties. pic.twitter.com/KCrOLJqQCg— President Of Georgia (@MargvelashviliG) July 16, 2018
He was thanked by President Margvelashvili for Italy’s support to Georgia at the NATO summit suggesting that President Mattarella’s visit is going to further deepen the cooperation between the two countries.
Italy has been one out of the 29 countries which from the tribune of the most powerful military alliance said that the Russian occupation in Georgia is unacceptable and spoke about the necessity of the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country,” Margvelashvili added.
Several memorandums of cooperation in the field of defence, security, justice, education, science, culture, innovations and technology were signed before the joint briefing yesterday.