TBILISI—The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, will not visit Armenia to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, Russia’s Interfax reports.
Interfax quoted Tengiz Pkhaladze, an aide to Margvelashvili, as saying that Georgia had informed Armenian authorities through diplomatic channels that president Margvelashvili will not be able to come to Armenia on April 23 and 24 because he will be meeting with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko who will be visiting Georgia on the same days with an official visit.
The Georgian government did not confirm earlier reports that Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili will be present in Armenia for the centennial.
Last week, Georgia’s parliament declined a motion to consider the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Independent experts say Georgia is reluctant to recognize the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide for fear of disturbing its good relations with neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan, its key economic partners.