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News, 4/23/2009

Georgian Foreign Minister thanked Finland for her support

Georgian Foreign Minister Gregory Vashadze and Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb is optimistic with regard to the future of Georgia. Gregory Vashadze, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, thanked Finland for the work done as the OSCE Chairmanship. Foreign Minister Stubb met with his Georgian colleague in Helsinki on 22 April.

The issues discussed by the ministers during their talks were bilateral relations between Finland and Georgia, the present situation in Georgia and relations with the European Union as well as topical international affairs.

Stubb stated that the Georgian operation was the fastest mission ever launched by the European Union. Finland has given Georgia 3 million euros in economic support and has sent a total of 16 observers and experts to the country. In Stubb’s view, Finland’s role has been recognized not only by Georgia but also by Russia, most recently during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s state visit to Finland.

With regard to the NATO Partnership for Peace exercise in Georgia, one should not make a mountain out of a molehill. The decision on this exercise open to Partnership for Peace participants had already been made a couple of years ago, Foreign Minister Stubb added. Foreign Minister Vashadze’s agenda also included talks with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen and Minister of Migration and European Affairs Astrid Thors, as well as delivery of a speech at the University of Helsinki.

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Updated 4/23/2009

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