PM Bakhtadze Meets his Bulgarian Counterpart

The Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov on April 16, in Sofia, Bulgaria, after which the two officials made a joint statement for the press.

The Georgian PM expressed his gratitude to Borisov for “distinguished hospitality” and focused on the friendly relations between Georgia and Bulgaria.

“We are happy to see that over the years, our bilateral relations have been steadily growing and leading to what is today a strong bond of friendship and vibrant cooperation in many areas of common interest,” stated Bakhtadze, going on to accentuate the high potential for the enhancement of economic cooperation between the two countries, and Georgia’s goals to progress in terms of integration with the EU. In addition, he spoke about the most painful challenge for Georgia: the occupied regions, and mentioned the country’s peaceful conflict resolution policy. The Prime Minister thanked his colleague for supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.

“Georgia continues its policy of peaceful conflict resolution and we are thankful to international society, which has demonstrated immense support to Georgia's efforts in this direction. Only with a firm stance and consistent approach from international society can we achieve progress and establish lasting peace on the ground,” noted the Georgian PM.

Boyko Borisov stated that Georgia represents one of his country's important partners, focusing on the strategic location of the country.

“Georgia is an important partner for us on the other side of the Black Sea. Georgia is a gateway for eight other countries in the region and a gateway for the Black Sea towards Europe,” said Borisov.

The Bulgarian PM also announced a major upcoming projects.

“We shall support all infrastructural projects related to TEN-T, in terms of digital connectivity, by establishing a digital connection - a cable between Bulgaria and Georgia. We aim within the next few months to start the implementation of this project and a cable will be laid in the waters of the Black Sea which will enable the entire region to enjoy high-speed internet and digital infrastructure."

Bakhtadze and Borisvo agreed to consolidate efforts and in this way maintain and strengthen successful economic relations.


By Ketevan Kvaratskheliya

Image source: Government of Georgia

17 April 2019 15:14