The leader of the United National Movement, Nika Melia, visited Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia in Kyiv.
Saakashvili said he was pleased Nika Melia was in Kyiv and added that Melia had “big plans.”
“I’m proud to be his comrade in arms, I admire his courage and the principle he has shown. I think our people can accomplish anything. It cannot be otherwise, for so many years people have been waiting for some relief and progress,” he said.
“In my opinion, Nika is already a winner, because they could not break him and he made the fear of prison disappear, the fear of repression and pressure that has existed for so many years. When a person sets such a standard, others are bound to follow his courage and standard. This is a turning point in Georgia’s recent history, it has given new strength to all our people,” Saakashvili noted.
Nika Melia said he had not been able to meet with Mikheil Saakashvili for two years and seven months because he did not have a passport.
“I’m very glad that we talked about many important issues. I believe that in the not too distant future, we will meet again, not only in Kyiv but also in Tbilisi, it should be so and it is impossible for it to happen otherwise. For this, it is important to develop a common strategy. We should not make the enemy happy!” Melia said.
“When I came out of prison, I faced lots of traps; many people trying to create misunderstanding in the opposition. Rumors are circulating as if I have a tense situation with Misha, but the opposite is true. There are wiser people in the opposition and in the National Movement than certain people think, so we will not allow anyone to provoke us and destroy the foundations of the state. The most important thing is for us, the politicians, is to believe in Georgia; to believe that we can win. If we do not believe in it, how can people believe?” he said.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze