President Zurabishvili meets EU officials in Brussels

  • Having met with EU officials today, President Zurabishvili will speak with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tomorrow. Photo: Josep Borrell's official Twitter account, 21 Jan 2021 - 21:01, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who is on a two-day visit to Brussels, has met with EU officials earlier today. 

Head of Georgian mission to the EU Natalia Sabanadze wrote on Twitter that President Zurabishvili discussed 'a range of issues with the EU officials including 'COVID solidarity with partners, EU’s strategic role in the region, Eastern Partnership and Georgia’s path towards European integration'. 

Zurabishvili has thanked the President of the European Council Charles Michel for the EU’s support to Georgia since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic noting that Georgia now seeks ‘that same solidarity’ to access the vaccines.

During the meeting with President Zurabishvili EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell 'underlined the vital importance of Georgian political parties finding common ground on the current political situation'. 

Georgia needs a fully functioning, representative parliament, enjoying the trust of the population to take resolute action for a speedy, inclusive, green and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 and to advance the wider reform agenda, including in the judiciary", the European External Action Service has reported. 

Borrell and Zurabishvili discussed the security and humanitarian situation in Georgia's Russian-occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) as well, which 'remains of great concern with the populations deprived of freedom of movement and the subsequent negative impact on their livelihoods and access to healthcare'.

The High Representative has meanwhile reiterated the EU's 'full commitment to peaceful conflict resolution' in Georgia and its 'firm support' to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

Salome Zurabishvili has also tweeted after the meeting:

As part of her visit to Brussels President Zurabishvili also discussed bilateral cooperation, regional situation and preparations for the cultural festival Europalia in 2023 with the King Philippe of Belgium.

Tomorrow the Georgian President will meet with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The meeting will be followed by their joint press briefing, NATO press office has earlier announced.