Press points of Minister Soini at press conference with Georgian Foreign Minister

Press points of Minister Soini at press conference with Georgian Foreign Minister

Press points of Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini at a press conference with Georgian Minister for Foreign Affairs David Zalkalian 12 November 2018.

  • First, let me warmly welcome Mr. Zalkaliani on his first visit to Finland. It is an honor to host you here. Our countries have had a good cooperation and we have become closer in the past few years. 
     
  • I wish to convey my heartfelt congratulations to Georgia, which is celebrating its 100 years of first independence this year.
     
  • We had an excellent meeting and fruitful discussions. We discussed bilateral relations between Finland and Georgia, the EU-Georgia relations and Eastern Partnership. In the agenda were also the reforms in Georgia, and the protracted conflicts in Georgia.
     
  • This year sadly marks the tenth anniversary of the Georgian conflicts. I want to express Finland´s unwavering solidarity with Georgia. Georgia and the Georgian people have our full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of your country.
     
  • We condemn the recent illegal installation of artificial barriers in Kareli municipality and elsewhere in the Georgian territory. Participation in the EU Monitoring Mission is a long-term commitment to Finland.
     
  • We discussed the importance of strengthening political and trade relations between Georgia and Finland. I am happy to note that tourism from Finland to Georgia is growing fast. I am also positive that the free trade agreement with the EU will generate more investment and trade.
     
  • I see a lot of potential for further cooperation in education and clean tech, for instance. We also share a common interest in countering hybrid threats.
     
  • Georgia has made good progress in its internal reforms.

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