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News, 4/9/2010

Foreign Minister Gregory Vashadze of Georgia and Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb discussed the situation in Kyrgyzstan

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb met with his Georgian colleague Gregory Vashadze in Finland on 8 April. The topics of the ministers’ discussions included bilateral relations between Finland and Georgia, democracy in Georgia, Georgia’s relations with the European Union, Russia and the United States, and the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

Foreign Minister Vashadze thanked his hosts for their hospitality and invited Minister Stubb to pay a return visit to Georgia soon.

At a press conference held in the Government Banquet Hall Smolna, the ministers underlined the importance of a good atmosphere for discussion at these meetings, which have already become a tradition between the two countries. Foreign Minister Vashadze thanked his hosts for their hospitality and invited Minister Stubb to pay a return visit to Georgia soon.

Both ministers expressed their concern over the current political situation in Kyrgyzstan. Violence against citizens was condemned. Foreign Minister Vashadze assured that Georgia is on the side of Kyrgyz people and is ready to offer them help. Foreign Minister Stubb mentioned that the United States, Russia and the European Union are standing side by side to solve the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

Foreign Minister Stubb also said that Finland supports Georgia’s efforts to reach an agreement on free trade and on the relaxation of visa requirements with the EU. Minister Stubb emphasized the importance of reforms and pointed out that the EU expects Georgia to hold its local elections in May in keeping with the rules of democracy.

Minister Vashadze’s programme also included meetings with Minister of Migration and European Affairs Astrid Thors and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament.
 

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Updated 4/9/2010

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