L. Linkevičius meets with Georgian leaders, discusses country’s steps towards EU and NATO integration
On 9 September, the sixth meeting of the Lithuanian-Georgian Commission for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration was held in Tbilisi. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and David Zakaliani co-chaired the meeting.
“Democratisation will have a profound effect on Georgia’s further integration with Western structures. The Government must further strengthen the rule of law, foster media pluralism, also maintain dialogue with the opposition and the non-governmental sector,” said the Minister L. Linkevičius.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister noted that during the first decade of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative, Georgia had achieved significant results, including the signing of the Association Agreement and the introduction of a visa-free regime. L. Linkevičius also called for further implementation of all the necessary reforms and for an active contribution to setting the future goals of the Eastern Partnership.
The head of Georgia’s diplomacy D. Zalkaliani stressed that the country's strategic goal of joining the EU and NATO remained unchanged. He also thanked Lithuania for its continued support. Members of the Georgian delegation informed about the country’s recent steps towards the EU and NATO integration, and provided insight into the escalation of the situation in Russian-occupied territories of Georgia.
Today, L.Linkevičius also held meetings with the President Salomé Zourabichvili and the new Speaker of the Parliament Archil Talakvadze in the capital city of Georgia. The meetings discussed the strengthening of Georgia's ties with the EU, the situation in the country, and other issues.
The bilateral Commission was established in 2010, after the signing of the Lithuanian-Georgian charter on European and Euro-Atlantic integration.