Georgian Foreign Minister to Visit Tallinn

Grigol Vashadze Photo courtesy of Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2/28/2012 2:52 PM
Category: Politics

Grigol Vashadze, Georgia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, is due to arrive in Tallinn on March 1 for a one-day meet-up with his Estonian counterpart, Urmas Paet.

The two will discuss bilateral relations, security policy issues, NATO cooperation and EU integration, a statement from the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry said that "recent developments in Georgia's region" would also be on the agenda. Though the ministry's statement did not specify which specific developments those were, Vashadze's visit comes at a time of heightened turmoil in both of Georgia's Moscow-backed breakaway regions.

On February 22, Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab survived his sixth assassination attempt since 2005, while earlier this month Alla Dzhioyeva, an opposition candidate who won last year's presidential elections in South Ossetia, was reportedly beaten and hospitalized after a police raid on her home. She has yet to take office and remains in a bitter dispute with the acting president over election legitimacy.

Abkhazia is due to hold parliamentary elections on March 10 and South Ossetia's new presidential elections, organized after a Supreme Court annulled the previous vote, are set for March 25.


Steve Roman

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