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24/08/2016

Georgia lauded as ‘most advanced’ in the Eastern Partnership

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Georgia lauded as ‘most advanced’ in the Eastern Partnership

Spanish delegates meeting with Georgia's Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

[Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García concluded a visit to Georgia by praising the Caucasian republic’s rapid implementation of its EU association agreement and highlighted Madrid and Tbilisi’s ‘close links’.

On Monday (29 February), García-Margallo, accompanied by Spain’s ambassador to Turkey Rafael Mendivil, was welcomed by President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and President of the Parliament David Usupashvili, in the nation’s capital of Tbilisi.

The former Soviet republic is currently undergoing a deep process of reforms following a period of rapprochement with the EU, having signed an association agreement back in June 2014.

The agreement was the main talking point of the Spanish delegations visit, as Georgia has prioritised NATO and EU membership as two ambitious objectives.

The association agreement includes obligations to carry out structural reforms and García-Margallo indicated that Georgia has placed itself in a commanding position in terms of integrating with the EU.

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Diplomatic sources told EFE that the Georgian president also brought up the matter of visa liberalisation with the Spanish minister, ahead of its planned implementation next summer.

García-Margallo confirmed that Spain would support the Georgian authorities in implementing the measure.

This article was also published by euroefe.

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