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Margvelashvili: Georgia to continue strategic partnership with US, integration with EU

November 17, 2013, 14:43 UTC+3 TBILISI
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TBILISI, November 17, /ITAR-TASS/. Georgia will continue the strategic partnership with United States and integration with the European Union and NATO, sworn-in Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili said at a presidential inauguration ceremony here on Sunday.

He noted that “the process of rapprochement with the EU and broadening of bilateral relations with European countries takes a special place in the Georgian foreign policy. “In a few days at a summit in Vilnius an association agreement between Georgia and EU will be initialled, our priority is to sign this agreement as quickly as possible after the summit in Vilnius,” Margvelashvili said.

The president believes that “Georgia’s full-fledged membership in a free democratic world is the guarantee of national security and stable development of Georgia and this is finally attained by the integration with the EU and NATO.”

“Georgia’s priority is full-scale and comprehensive development of bilateral relations with the U.S. within the Strategic Partnership Charter (signed in January 2009 - Itar-Tass eds),” Margvelashvili noted. “We are taking major efforts at initiating the talks on free trade between Georgia and the U.S. that will contribute to the strengthening of our strategic ties,” he said.

“Georgia attaches importance to the development of relations with the countries from the regions of the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and Central Asia,” he said.

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