Linkevičius: We expect Georgia’s strong leadership
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius continues his official visit to Georgia, where he met with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
“Lithuania strongly supports Georgia on its challenging path of reforms at a time when 20 percent of the country’s territory is still occupied,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister told the President Margvelahvili and thanked Georgia for its solid contribution to the NATO and EU missions. Georgia’s President Margvelashvili thanked Lithuania for its consistent support to Georgia.
In the meeting with the Georgian Prime Minister, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister stressed that Georgia, as the leader among the Eastern Partnership countries, was expected to uphold only the highest standards, also those of democracy.
“Georgia’s progress is undeniable. But now when the most important goals of Georgia in recent years – the Association Agreement and visa-free travel with the EU – have been achieved, it is essential to maintain the pace of reform and to use these instruments widely for the benefit of the people of Georgia, as well as for further rapprochement with the EU,” said Linkevičius. The Prime Minister Kvirikashvili assured Lithuania’s Foreign Minister that Georgia would follow the recommendations of the Venice Commission on the constitutional reform.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also visited the Heroes’ Square, where he honoured the memory of those who died protecting the territorial integrity of Georgia.