Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has paid a historic visit to Georgia, the first official visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister to the country in 23 years, to learn more about the country’s prospects and potential, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported earlier today.
The development of cooperation in the fields of trade, logistics and transport was on the top of the agenda,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry says.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili wrote in her tweet.
Today, #WangYi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of #China ????????, is visiting Georgia. At the Orbeliani Palace, we talked trade, the #SilkRoad, cultural exchanges, and more. pic.twitter.com/5s6SUg7ozZ— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) May 24, 2019
Meetings with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, President Salome Zurabishvili and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani also concerned the Chinese government’s global Belt and Road Initiative.
Yi said that he fully shares the aspiration of Georgia to become the transport-transit corridor between Europe and Asia,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry wrote.
Welcoming #WangYi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China within his official visit to #Georgia – yet another great demonstration of continuously advancing cooperation between ???????? & ???????? pic.twitter.com/FX8QgdAAlO— MFA of Georgia (@MFAgovge) May 23, 2019
The ministry reported that the visit confirmed the “clear vision” of China regarding Georgia’s role in carrying out large-scale projects which are seen to encourage interaction between Europe and Asia.
The issue of Georgian occupied territories was also raised during the meetings and Georgian officials mentioned the “high importance” of Chinese support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Foreign Ministry stated.
The Chinese delegation arrived in Georgia late yesterday and will leave tomorrow.