President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has praised the measures taken by the government of Georgia in the fight against the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), along with current economic and political reforms in the country during a video conference with the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held today.
Leyen noted that Georgia and the EU are "very close" friends and Georgia may rely on "solid support" from the EU, as evidenced by the "tangible financial support at the time of crisis". She also noted that the European Commission stands ready to continue supporting Georgia.
During the video conference PM Gakharia spoke about the current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia.
Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Irakli Chikovani, Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia participated in the video conference. Photo: Gov't of Georgia.
He said that while the entire world is fighting the pandemic, the occupation forces continue their so-called borderisation process, and that the support and solidarity of Europe "is now more important than ever". In response Leyen reiterated the solid support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, thereby noting that it will continue in the future as well.
Gakharia and Leyen also talked about the implementation of the association agenda. They reviewed the opportunities created by the Association Agreement signed between the EU and Georgia in June 2014. Cooperation within the Black Sea region and current infrastructure projects, which connect Georgia with the EU, have been singled out within this context.
Gakharia and Leyen noted that Georgian PM's official visit to Brussels, which was scheduled for April, has been postponed because of the pandemic and will be held after combating the global challenge. Leyen also confirmed her readiness to once again visit Georgia as soon as the first opportunity arises and this time in the new role of the incumbent President of the European Commission.