Rõivas: We must not allow Georgia to disappear from the focus of the West ({{commentsTotal}})

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said at today’s meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibašvili that Estonia continues to support Georgia in the European Union and NATO.

“We must continue with the integration process in Georgia, and we must not allow such a situation in which Georgia would disappear from the focus of the West in the light of new crises and problems,” Rõivas said, and added that the world must not forget that a quarter of the territory of Georgia is still occupied.

Additionally, Estonia supports Georgia in the negotiations of visa waiver agreements with the European Union. “We hope that it will be a success. Once all the necessary criteria are met, there should not be any more doubts here,” Rõivas said. He noted, however, that Georgia must continue with the implementation of important reforms, such as the court system reform and the civil service reform.

The prime ministers also signed a protocol on investment promotion and protection, which provides entrepreneurs with an additional guarantee in making investments. According to the prime ministers, it is an important message to the entrepreneurs of both countries.

Rõivas said it is positive that Georgia has had the reason to learn from Estonia; for example, Georgia is currently engaged in the introduction of exemption from income tax for enterprises similarly to Estonia. Additionally, cooperation takes place in the fields of education, agriculture, and cyber defense.

Garibašvili is on an official visit to Estonia. He will also meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Parliament Speaker Eiki Nestor, and Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, as well as visit the innovation and business centre Mektory and the Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technology.

The Georgian delegation also includes the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili, the Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia and the State Minister of Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze.

Editor: M. Oll

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