Georgian and Dutch foreign ministers discuss Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration
Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili discussed the country’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration with Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra on Thursday as part of his visit to the Netherlands.
Hoekstra welcomed the Georgian foreign minister’s visit to The Hague, with Darchiashvili expressing his gratitude for the “warm and friendly hospitality” and for supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the foreign ministry said. Foreign Affairs.
Georgia’s progress in implementing the reforms set out in the Association Agreement – signed by the country with the European Union in 2014 – and the country’s EU integration process were also at the center of a meeting.
The ministers noted the established ties between Georgia and the Netherlands, as well as their “increased interaction” on various international issues.
Georgia’s foreign minister thanked the Dutch side for co-sponsoring a resolution on the status of displaced persons and refugees from Georgia’s Russian-occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, South Ossetia, adopted by the General Assembly on Wednesday United Nations.
Hoekstra reaffirmed his support for Georgia’s European path and said he was ready to continue to help the country in this regard.
The two officials also reviewed the security environment in the South Caucasus region and the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine, focusing on the challenges Georgia faces. The situation in the Russian-occupied regions of the country was also noted.
Hoekstra hailed Georgia’s “significant support” to Ukraine in the context of the Russian invasion, and thanked his counterpart for standing with the international community in this process.
The parties also noted the “positive trend” in trade and economic relations between their states and declared their readiness to identify new opportunities, with Darchiashvili inviting his colleague to pay an official visit to Georgia.