Georgian PM discusses “strategic partnership”, closer ties with Azerbaijani defence minister

Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday hosted Azerbaijani defence minister Zakir Hasanov. Photo: government press office, 14 Nov 2022 - 14:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday discussed questions related to “strategic partnership” with Azerbaijan and prospects of further strengthening bilateral ties with visiting Azerbaijani defence minister Zakir Hasanov, the government press office said. 

The head of the Georgian government said the recent visit of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev to Georgia had “once again highlighted the friendly relations between the two states and great potential to further strengthen cooperation”, including in the fields of trade and economy. 

Emphasising the importance of ensuring peace and stability in the South Caucasus region, Garibashvili reaffirmed his “personal readiness” to promote the dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia in all “possible ways and at any time” in the future. 

He made a mention of the Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative proposed by him and aiming to promote peace and security in the region with the mediation of Georgia and international partners. 

The Georgian top official also thanked Azerbaijani authorities for their “firm support” for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, before reviewing sectoral cooperation and infrastructure projects of regional importance with the visiting minister. 

The sides also noted the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, with the date marked this year.