The Chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, met with the Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani earlier today.
Before heading back to Bratislava, I had the chance to sit down with my Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani. We spoke about the Slovak @OSCE Chairmanship, regional developments, EU, NATO and our bilateral relations. pic.twitter.com/UF1Y0PeQJR— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) September 10, 2019
Particular attention was paid to the recent developments in two Russian occupied regions of Georgia: Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).
Glad to host my friend Miroslav Lajčák! At the meeting we exchanged views over the existing situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. We Greatly appreciate his support. @MiroslavLajcak pic.twitter.com/CyD2trqeCN— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) September 10, 2019
The Georgian and Slovak officials also condemned the decision of the occupied Tskhinvali to close two crossing points, connecting the region with the rest of Georgia.
Just arrived in Tbilisi & heard abt recent developments in #Georgia from Pres. Zurabišvili. We agreed that engaging in dialogue, making full use of platforms such as #GID & #IPRM, and ensuring freedom of movement, are key to improving the situation for people affected by conflict pic.twitter.com/nzRJuW48bQ— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) September 9, 2019
During his visit to Georgia, the OSCE chair met with President Salome Zurabishvili as well. Earlier he addressed the participants of the 5th Tbilisi International Conference.
“Be part of the solution, not the problem. You are already a frontrunner in our Eastern Partnership.” - my advice to #Georgia on how to advance in its European aspirations” - at #TbilisiConf pic.twitter.com/QiKeT4W0la— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) September 10, 2019
Organised by the McCain Institute for International Leadership and the Economic Policy Research Center, Tbilisi International Conference brings together international leaders, security experts, Georgian policymakers, civil society activists, and the business community to discuss Georgia's transatlantic agenda and the country's progress.