The tenth meeting of the joint Ukrainian-Georgian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation will be held in Tbilisi on June 13-14. This date was agreed during a meeting in Washington, DC, by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani.
During the talks, the parties discussed bilateral cooperation, cooperation at the level of partnership with NATO, common goals to ensure European integration and marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP).
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze thanked Georgia for strong and overall support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as non-recognition of Russia’s occupation of Crimea. "Ukraine has always valued warm brotherly relations with Georgia. Our countries are now, as never before, very close: in combating joint threats, in developing shared opportunities for both countries within the framework of bilateral relations, within the frames of the Eastern Partnership, on the way to the EU and NATO. We will continue to support the independence and integrity of your country within the internationally recognized borders", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
The Deputy Prime Minister informed David Zalkaliani that the Ukrainian side agreed on a draft regulation on the functioning of the Ukrainian-Georgian High Level Strategic Council within the scope of the signed Declaration on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership. "In 2017, our countries signed a Declaration on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership. Ukraine has already agreed on the draft Provision on the activities of the High Level Strategic Council. We hope to revitalize the work in this format in the near future", said the Deputy Prime Minister.
For his part, the Georgian Foreign Minister expressed confidence that the development of bilateral relations between the countries will intensify with the help of a strategic partnership. "Ukraine and Georgia can develop very effective bilateral relations. Our countries have high economic potential that can be united, and I believe that the development of strategic partnership between our countries will be the driving force in that", said David Zalkaliani.
The parties paid special attention to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Eastern Partnership, in which the EU member states and partner countries planned a number of activities along directions of cooperation, from education and youth exchanges to politics. "Ukraine will definitely participate in a European conference devoted to the anniversary of the founding of the initiative held in Batumi in July. Our clear vision of the future within the Eastern Partnership is the prospect of EU membership for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, which have formulated this strategic task and are moving forward in this direction through the implementation of the Association Agreements", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
The representative of the Ukrainian Government also stressed that Ukraine supports the further development of Georgia's cooperation with the Alliance and hopes to strengthen cooperation among Ukraine, Georgia and NATO in the direction of strengthening security in the Black Sea area.
During the discussion, the parties also touched on the topic of elections in Ukraine. According to Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the first round of elections showed that the expression of the will of the Ukrainian people was transparent and honest. "Democratic standards for the expression of the will were secured at a high level. This shows only one thing: five years ago, Ukraine embarked on the right path, moving through reforms towards its civilized choice - joining the EU and NATO", the Deputy Prime Minister concluded.