During a working visit to Georgia, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal discussed with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili the strengthening of cooperation in security, trade, energy and tourism sectors.
During the meeting, the sides touched upon stepping up tourism between Ukraine and Georgia and agreed to conclude an agreement on mutual recognition of COVID- 19 vaccination certificates in the near future.
"Simplification of entry regulations to Georgia for the citizens of Ukraine and the gradual increase of regular flights between the cities of our countries contributes to the intensification of tourism. The Ukrainian government is also interested in increasing the flow of Georgian tourists. Mutual recognition of vaccination documents should simplify crossing the border for our citizens," the Prime Minister of Ukraine stated.
In order to overcome the negative consequences of the pandemic in the economy, the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Georgia also agreed to hold the 10th meeting of the Joint Ukrainian-Georgian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation by the end of this year.
"An important prerequisite for holding a fruitful meeting of the Commission is the organization of expert meetings within its working groups, inter alia on transport, energy, agriculture and tourism. These sectors are one of the main ones in our relations and we must attach a priority attention to them," Denys Shmyhal stressed.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine placed a special emphasis on the fact that Ukraine and Georgia are strategic partners backed by concrete actions and facts.
"The key factor that unites our countries is the commonality of European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. I am convinced that the accession of our countries to the European Union and NATO is only a matter of time," Denys Shmyhal underlined.
The Heads of Government of Ukraine and Georgia, among other things, tackled the issue pertaining to cooperation within the framework of the Eastern Partnership and the Associated Trio format launched jointly with Moldova. The parties also discussed security issues in the context of long-term destabilization by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea region.
"Black Sea security must become a priority for NATO. We support the Alliance's readiness to expand its activities in the Black Sea region. Cooperation on Black Sea security issues plays a vital role in strengthening NATO's south-eastern flank," Denys Shmyhal said.
During the conversation the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Georgia agreed that Ukraine will be involved as co-sponsor of the draft UN General Assembly resolutions on the withdrawal of Russian troops illegally deployed in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region / South Ossetia, as well as on the status of internally displaced persons and refugees in these Georgian territories
Apart from that, the parties discussed the joint development of international transport corridors and ways to attract investment in the modernization of transport infrastructure.
"The implementation of public-private partnership projects in various infrastructure sectors is promising one. The Government of Ukraine is ready to maximally facilitate the participation of foreign investors, including Georgian ones, in the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects," the Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed.
Denys Shmyhal dwelled on that energy security is one of the key areas of further cooperation between Ukraine and Georgia. During the meeting, the Heads of Government agreed to promote the development of "green" energy and energy efficiency.
"This should be advanced by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the relevant agencies of our countries. This document will be the basis for developing joint approaches targeted at the development of renewable energy markets in our countries," the Head of the Ukrainian Government stressed.
For his part, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili noted that Ukraine is an important partner for Georgia, and both countries have the necessary tools to deepen cooperation in all areas. The Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili also assured of Georgia's unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Denys Shmyhal thanked Georgia for its consistent position and in turn noted that Ukraine strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.