Thea Akhvlediani, the Georgian State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality, on Monday discussed conflict-related and security questions, as well as prospects for a further strengthening of bilateral ties with Oleg Serebrian, the Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of Moldova, the Georgian Ministry said.
In the meeting in Tbilisi, the officials exchanged information on efforts of their respective governments for peaceful resolutions of conflicts on the territories of the two states, and pledged to take actions to further strengthen bilateral cooperation as part of a memorandum signed in 2018.
Georgia and Moldova are connected by a number of important questions of common interests, common goals and challenges, the restoration of their territories within the internationally recognised borders being among them”, the Georgian Minister said.
Akhvlediani briefed her colleague about Georgian authorities’ work to promote cooperation, dialogue and restoration of trust between communities affected by conflicts and the Russian occupation of the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions, as well as illegal activities of the occupation forces.
The Moldovan official said he expected his visit would promote bilateral cooperation.
She said the unlawful activities included “gross violations” of fundamental rights of residents of the regions and those living adjacent to the occupation line. The Minister highlighted ethnic discrimination, restrictions on free movement, installation of illegal barriers, illegal detention of Georgian citizens, bans on receiving education in the mother tongue and other violations by the de facto authorities.
The officials also discussed the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and its impact on the South Caucasus region and the wider world.
Welcoming the meeting as “very good”, Serebrian said he hoped his visit would be the beginning of a “new bilateral cooperation” in the reintegration processes of the two countries.
He also said his two-day visit to Georgia would be “busy” with “important and interesting meetings” with the country’s top officials, including Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.