Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has met with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi in Brussels earlier today, before the sixth EU-Georgia Association Council meeting.
The implementation process of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, the EU-mediated political dialogue between the ruling Georgian Dream party and the opposition, situation in Georgia’s occupied regions, regional challenges and Georgian economic and political issues were on top of the agenda of the meetings.
Had a very fruitful meeting @JosepBorrellF on domestic political developments & praised ???????? mediation efforts. Discussed the geopolitical landscape & challenges in the occupied territories. Focussed on implementation of the AA, successful multi-sectoral co-op&our future agenda. pic.twitter.com/LT0FhXYoj1— Irakli Garibashvili (@GharibashviliGe) March 16, 2021
During the meetings Garibashvili mentioned Georgia’s ‘ambitious plans’ to officially apply for EU membership by 2024.
Garibashvili reaffirmed the government commitment to the result-oriented dialogue mediated by the EU and expressed hope that the opposition will continue a constructive dialogue,” the government of Georgia press office reported.
Discussed ????????'s progress on the path of ???????? integration @OliverVarhelyi & our determination to enhance political & econ reforms to file for #EU membership in 2024. Stressed that Russia’s growing military presence in the region calls for a more proactive engagement of the EU. pic.twitter.com/580O9gPWAM— Irakli Garibashvili (@GharibashviliGe) March 16, 2021
Garibashvili is also scheduled to meet with NATO officials during his visit to Brussels.